Now oldies are skinny-obsessed, and Goop put the fat in the fire

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Now oldies are skinny-obsessed, and Goop put the fat in the fire

The ‘lean’ aesthetic is no longer a young thing, and Gwynnie’s loopy website is egging on desperate souls

Candida Crewe

What does “leanest liveable weight” mean to you? This was the phrase recently used in an article on Gwyneth Paltrow’s loopy Goop website. It prompted, in my mind, images of people suffering from starvation: be as thin as you can without actually being dead. Others clearly felt the same and it has caused an uproar, with the scientific community blaming Goop for glorifying eating disorders.

Dr Giles Yeo, who presents the BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, has called it irresponsible. “This is a dangerous suggestion, as many people will take it to mean they should be as thin as possible,” he said. “Goop is part of the reason that people have become afraid of eating. We need to love our food, just eat less of it.”

Dr Traci Mann, the US psychologist who coined the phrase in her book Secrets from the Eating Lab, has insisted the article referred to “the leanest weight you can be without doing any strict dieting or unhealthy behaviour”. But whatever the context, it has already fallen away...

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