Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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THE popular musician Randy Newman once had a hit with a song entitled `Short People', in which he laid virtually every worldly wrong at the foot of the vertically challenged. Tessa Jowell, Labour's minister for women, should follow up with a number entitled `Thin People'. She it was who summoned the nation's fashion editors for last week's `summit', which resulted in a ban - voluntary, at least initially - on photographs of thin models in magazines. The likes of Kate Moss were accused of causing young women to develop anorexia.

But is it really from superwaifs that anorexics derive their inspiration, or might it possibly be from the government's own healthy-eating propaganda, which has been preaching the gospel of thinness for more than two decades? Long before the first superwaif ever scissored her way on to the catwalk, a quango called the Health Education Authority (HEA) was running an advertising campaign romanticising the world of dieting, and scaremongering over the dangers of being overweight. …

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