Kate & Pippa Have No Place as Anorexia Poster Girls

kate middletonKate and Pippa Middleton are everywhere these days. Be it in the fashion magazine of your choice, this here website, or a pile of crumpets for cryin' out loud. And that's great, 'cause they're extremely photogenic and fun to look at. I say the more Middleton, the better.

But one place the "sizzler sisters," as they were once referred to, are making appearances lately are pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites -- websites that are used as motivation for women with eating disorders. The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister are being used as "thinspiration."

Now there's one place they shouldn't be.

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It goes without saying that such websites, also known as "pro-ana" and "pro-mia" sites, are bad. Sad, actually. I don't know what it's like to have an eating disorder personally, but I've been alive long enough to learn a thing or two about them. And they don't sound fun. With this said, though, the Middletons are the exact opposite type of person who should be on these sites, as long as they exist.

Kate, although very thin these days, and her sister, Pippa, have long been touted as athletic girls, or as their native Britain refers to them, "sporty." It wasn't that long ago, that Pippa completed a triathlon, and before Kate and William got engaged, newspapers called her "boring" for doing little other than going to work and the gym. (And after they did get engaged, the London Daily Mail reported a "breaking" story about Kate pigging out at a lunch with Camilla.) In other words, they know how to be healthy.

Women, whether they have eating disorders or not, should look to celebrities like Kate and Pippa (and Serena Williams) as inspiration. I'm not saying one should aspire to be as thin or as in shape as them, but taking part in a half-marathon, playing a game of tennis, or enjoying a delicious lunch once in a while certainly does a body good.

The thing that bugs me the most, though, is that the popularity of Kate and Pippa all but ensures that young girls will stumble upon these sites in their Internet travels -- and it will possibly trigger an eating disorder of their own. Or, at the very least, it could cause a skewed sense of health.

Let's all just hope they find that "triathlon" article first.

What do you think of Kate and Pippa popping up on these sites?

 

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