It’s a horrible thing to hear about, but it looks like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has become a ‘role model’ on pro-anorexia websites in the US.
According to the Herald Sun, 29-year-old Kate Middleton is cited as a “success story” on pro-anorexia websites in the US because of her continuing weight loss. The Duchess used to be a “healthy size 10-12″ in the UK (see left side of the photo above, taken in 2009), but is now estimated to be a UK size 4, which is a size 0 in the US (see right side of the photo above from a recent visit to Birmingham).
It has also been reported that, although Kate has always been slender, much of her wardrobe had to be altered in order to accommodate her new, more slender figure.
These “pro-ana” websites chart Kate’s weight loss by comparing photos from her university days to more recent photos from her and Prince William’s North American tour in July.
One post even said, “I mean I’m happy for her and all, getting married…but I am very jealous. I swear she used to be really quite chubby during her uni days.”
A friend of Kate’s was appalled when hearing about these websites saying, “Kate is very slender but she certainly doesn’t have an eating disorder. She’ll be horrified that she is on these sites. Yes, she has lost weight but that’s largely down to the stress she has been under and all the traveling she has done recently.”
Kate’s younger sister Pippa Middleton, also features on some “pro-ana” websites, but it’s Kate’s figure which apparently gets more attention.
A spokesman for the Duchess of Cambridge declined to comment, but Beat, an organization dealing with eating disorders in the UK, has stated that the websites are “dangerous.”
Now, I’m a size 0 too, but I’m not in the world’s spotlight all the time with people comparing recent photos of myself to past photos of myself, and I’m not the future Queen of England. Furthermore, I’m not Kate Middleton and, as the Duchess’ friend said, she’ll be horrified about being featured on these types of websites.