I’m not sure why Kate Middleton’s severely underweight appearance is just starting to snowball as a topic now – In my opinion, Kate’s weight has held a steady low since two or so months before the wedding, with her most dramatic weight loss occurring 1-2 months after the engagement announcement. Be as it may, regarding Kate, the media has failed to be accurate yet again, and the matter of the “Disappearing Duchess”, as many are now calling her, deserves some setting straight.
The media is completely idiotic on this issue, and they’ve totally mishandled it. As usual, most publications defend Kate or give ambiguous or moderately favorable opinions, even after stating harsh, unfavorable facts. From what I’ve gathered from a multitude of sources, here are the purported facts: Kate is 5’10; Her pre-engagement weight was about 130 lbs. (~59 kilos) and she wore a size 8 (UK size 10); Additionally, a royal factsheet revealed that at her wedding (and obviously now still), Kate weighed only about 100 lbs. (45.4 kilos) – her wedding gown was a size 2 (UK size 4). As far as opinions go, some publications have gone so far as to bring in “experts” to analyze whether Kate’s weight loss was healthy, she lost the weight too quickly, she has an eating disorder, and this was all caused by stress. The overall conclusions, as you may have guessed, are that Kate’s weight loss was healthy, and that she lost it very slowly, which was healthy as well. Supposedly, her extremely thin appearance isn’t from an eating disorder, because it’s genetic (looking at her mom and sister, who are both slim), and Kate has always been slim – therefore, she is naturally and effortlessly so. Lastly, it’s said that the pressure from the potential millions who would watch her wedding caused her more stress than typical brides, and that drove her weight loss.
First off, people don’t need “expert” opinions to visually identify a person who has a troubled relationship with food and exercise. This is true whether a person is too fat or too thin, and the media insults our intelligence by insinuating that we aren’t able to recognize this type of problem ourselves. That’s just their way of manipulating the obvious truth, because their “experts” aren’t any closer to Kate or her private information than we are. Obviously, Kate has a problem – plain and simple. I don’t take issue with her wanting to drop a little weight before her wedding, as many brides do. What is disturbing though, and what the media has glossed over, is that Kate was very thin before losing any weight – flat abs and everything! She looked healthy, had a fabulous figure, and didn’t need to lose anything to begin with. And when she did lose weight, she wasn’t reasonable: She didn’t stop at 5 lbs.; She didn’t stop at 10 lbs.; She didn’t even stop at 25 lbs.! That is what makes it a problem and unhealthy. The fact that she didn’t (or couldn’t) stop herself at a reasonable weight suggests that Kate no longer has control and that an eating disorder is a likely factor. Also, according to the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator at WebMD.com, into which I put Kate’s height, weight, age, and dress size, Kate is very underweight. People of a healthy weight have BMIs between 18.5 and 24.9, but Kate’s BMI is an alarming 14.3. WebMD’s evaluation for her is that she should “Be Careful”. People don’t just drop that low without being seriously ill somehow, and Kate’s good physical health (aside from the weight) points to a psychological issue (again, possibly an eating disorder) by the process of elimination. But of course, the media, who desperately want to promote both thinness and Kate Middleton, would rather bring in pseudo experts to dance around the issue rather than do the math and bluntly confirm that there’s cause for alarm.
Also, I disagree with “experts” who claim she lost her weight slowly, and therefore healthfully. First of all, no weight loss, no matter how gradual, is healthy when it makes a person look emaciated and have a ridiculously low BMI. I mean, 5’10 and 100 lbs. is healthy? – They’re joking, right? Additionally, those who commented on the length of time she spent losing seemed to count all the months between the engagement announcement and the wedding day or even today. Within those 5 – 6 months, it was said that the 20 lbs. (9 kilos) she lost (inaccurate, because she actually lost 30 (13.6 kilos)) had her losing about a pound per week, which is acceptable by medical standards. But aside from the inaccuracy of weight, the time frame is also inaccurate by my estimation. Several weeks before the engagement was announced, she and William were photographed at a friend’s wedding where Kate looked like her usual, 130 lb. self. A few weeks later at the engagement announcement, she’d already lost a good amount of weight – at least 10 lbs. if you ask me, because any less probably wouldn’t have been very noticeable on a person of her height (See my article “Revealed! Kate Middleton Accurate on Slammed Royal Engagement Coin” to compare her pre and post engagement looks). That alone wasn’t healthy. Then, the first time I saw Kate’s photo after the engagement announcement, I thought her appearance was jarring. There was a photo of her attending another wedding while wearing a black coat (odd for a wedding, so it was highly publicized) where her head started looking too big for her body. Her face was as wide as her waist, and that was while her waist was covered in several layers of clothing, including a jacket. Based on these and other observations, along with the dates of the events I mentioned, I think Kate lost 25-30 lbs. in 2-3 months, and that definitely isn’t healthy.
As for claims that Kate is “naturally thin” based on her history of being thin and the thin appearances of her mother and sister: The claim is rubbish and irrelevant to Kate’s present state. First of all, to suggest that a person is “naturally thin” is to suggest that she makes no effort to remain so, and Kate undoubtedly makes many efforts to be thin. It’s obvious by looking at Kate and her history that she’s always been very sporty and athletic, and she continues to work out strenuously and regularly. That’s great, and she deserves recognition for her active lifestyle and efforts in this day and age… but they’re just that: efforts. I have trouble accepting the claim of “natural” thinness in Kate by the media when it’s clear as day to me that if she didn’t have endless hours to work out and attend to her own wellbeing – if she had an office job perhaps – or any job, be it a corporate one or raising a family, as most women her age are well into, that she’d be working out, skiing, rowing, and playing tennis less and would be plumper than she is. She exercises like crazy, even working out at Princess Diana’s old gym, and plus, she’s on the extreme Dukan Diet which heavily restricts her eating. Her mother is also reportedly on the diet, which can help account for her thinness. Her sister Pippa also appears to do a great deal of exercise, because chiseled arms and legs don’t result from calorie restriction alone. Either way, and whether Kate was “naturally thin” before her engagement or not, there’s nothing natural about Kate’s current appearance. She looks emaciated and has the figure of a 5’10 12 year old boy, which she’s made efforts to attain after looking far more healthy and womanly. And all this while she’s supposed to be trying to provide an heir to the throne – the only “job” the woman has had in years.
Now that the media storm on Kate’s Olsen-Twin-thin appearance has been set straight, stay tuned for the second installment. In Part II, I plan to discuss what her new image represents and how it will affect her new position as an official role model.
© Enclave 24, June 5, 2011