Malnourished Monday

Malnourished Monday #4

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Grazia Magazine is by far my favourite glossy pastime. I particularly like the mixture of celebrity gossip, fashion trends, beauty tips and issues that move hearts or at least make you think about problems in less wealthy parts of our world.

I loved the recent article about Gemma Ward and how cruel and out of proportion it was of people to label her fat after putting on a few pounds. Once again the issue of size zero and eating disorders made it into the magazine.

The more upsetting it is to be presented with editorials like the above in the very same magazine. Doesn’t the editor-in-chief realise that this is not only hypocritical, but also lets Grazia become part of the problem?

I am sorry, but what exactly is this? The sticky legs parade? Competition for the bluntest look? Or the Sid-look-alike-contest?



  1. This is one of the reasons I canceled my subscription to it. Infact I canned all my subs. I can not bear to be part of the issue

  2. The thing that disturbs me most about this is the perception that legs should be the same width from top to bottom (or bottom to feet). It’s going to make girls grow up thinking that their (normal) thighs are abnormal and ‘fat’. We’re supposed to have thicker legs at the top – it’s how we stay up!!

  3. My healthily slender 12 year old was told the other day in the changing rooms that she was fat because when she bent over she had ‘rolls’ on her belly. Natural folds of skin that did what skin is designed to do when one bends over. It made her anxious. Anxious!!!!! And another friend who has a very overweight child collected my daughter from school for me recently, fed her dinner, then tried to feed her lots of puddings afterwards because as she said to my daughter (grrr, irritating) ‘you need to gain weight you’re too skinny.’ There’s crazy mixed messages are difficult to manage–my daughter eats more than me and runs around doing sports and climbing trees more than me, and has a nicely slender, athletic body (adolescent shape) yet she is told she’s too skinny by one adult, and told she is fat by her peers. WTF?!

    I hate these magazines. They either get people anxious about gaining weight or they make people worried about looking too skinny. We try to not have them in the house but I cant protect my daughter from the media or other people’s anxieties forever.

  4. That bottom middle one – her legs are the same width as my lower arms.

    One of my thighs is probably the width of her waist.

  5. We have a woman’s magazine in Belgium, which puts “normal” women on the cover, then hides this cover behind another cover with a model on it. They also do articles about body image, and then tell you how to make yourself look thin and do a modeling competition with a severe height and weight restriction.

  6. I love Grazia too, so it makes doubly sad to see this stuff happening:) I’m thinking Sid is looking more and more attractive! Can’t wait for Sunday! x LZ

  7. I haven’t read Grazia in a while but that girl just doesn’t look normal or well – I hate that there are these images out there quietly tainting our daughters’ views of what shape they should be thinking is normal

  8. Hmmmm, I agree very stick-like. It seems that there is no improvement with magazines such as these. Even with all the bad press.

  9. when i was a teenager i was obsessed with having a gap between my thighs because all the pictures of models etc had a gap so why shouldn’t i? I’ve always has chunky legs but it made me feel like i was hugely fat and disgusting. I look back at pictures of me when i thought i was ‘fat’ and i look great! and i felt so upset that i was made to feel like a huge fat monster when i certainly wasn’t.
    This is the effect that magazines have on a young mind and they should be stopped. xxx

  10. @TheMadHouse: I get your point, but rather than cancelling my subscription, I would like to see them practice what they preach. And I don’t think we should be forced to miss out on fashion and a little bit of celebrity gossip, only because we don’t want to support size 0.

    @Josie: It looks quite funny, with the gap in the middle and all…

    @Michelloui: Oh dear. The mother of the friend seems to have a slight problem, too.

    @Laura: So you are quite skinny then? 🙂

    @Leighann: Whatever rocks your boat 😉

    @Mwa: That’s exactly the contradiction I am talking about.

    @LZ: Sid won’t come on Sunday, but I promise to have LOADS of homemade Christmas biscuits ready for you. And Gloegg. And ham. And salmon, and, and, and!

  11. @Muddling along mummy: I am so used to those pictures, that I sometimes have to ask my husband, if it’s just me, or if this or that girl is just ridiculously thin.

    @Chic Mama: Nope, they print an article on one page and hire anorectic models for a shoot on the next one. Hypocrites!

    @Amy: You wanted that gap? Oh no, what a waste of energy and time, poor you! I know the feeling of looking at old pictures, when you suddenly realise you looked great but felt awful. I would love to help my daughter to feel great all the way through!

    @A Modern Mother: True, someone has to do it. And I am not blaming the models. They are (mostly) young girls under immense pressure, encouraged to get thinner and thinner by their agents, the media, clients.

  12. This is one reason I’m quite happy to have a boy… I was told I was fat all though school and indeed, I wasn’t skinny but looking back, I would venture to say I was pretty slender… it’s madness.

    Lovely to see you at JL today too!

  13. Grrr, makes me so cross. We’re just saturated with these images. An interesting experiment to do: find a picture online of Marilyn Monroe or Princess Di and compare to the images above. The difference is staggering – and disturbing.

  14. @Sparx: How can you protect children from this kind of bullying? And how do you protect them from being under pressure by the images they see in the media? It would break my heart to see my little girl refuse to eat, because some sicko thinks stick thin is beautiful.
    Lovely to see you, too!

  15. So many magazines seem to be following this pattern – they included features which seem to support the anti-anorexia campaign on one page anf then too-thin models on the other. They are giving out mixed messages because they are basically printing what sells. Magazines like Closer are much worse – they seem totally obsessed with celebrities’ weights. I only subscribe to Psychologies, which will probably come as no surprise. There are no emaciated models there.

  16. Poor effort, Grazia. They not only look skinnny, they look pale and ill……why don’t you email your blog post to the editor?

  17. I used to love Grazia usually but have noticed recently: how can they be so inconsistent regarding the fat/thin issue?? Also, they do promote cosmetic surgery or what they call the ‘non invasive procedures’ (botox, fillers) too much, yet another pressure on women too look “better”.

  18. I’ve stopped getting the mags too – they just won’t burn very satisfyingly when I reach Total Rage Pitch

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