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Fergie and parents' diet dilemmas

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7274.1478 (Published 09 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1478
  1. Rhona MacDonald
  1. BMJ

    Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was slated in the tabloid press last week for playing “diet games” with her two daughters. On 26 November the Sunday Mirror led with the story that “self-confessed binge eater Fergie has admitted making Beatrice, 12, and Eugenie, 10, diet conscious after a summer of too many sodas, cookies and pizza.” Statements of condemnation from “health experts” followed.

    On Monday the story was rehashed in all the other tabloids, including the Daily Mail, which ran with the headline: “Fergie: how I teach the little princesses to calorie count.” More condemnation followed. It also featured on the BBC's television news that day, with nutritional experts giving their opinion and adding to the dilemma of what parents are supposed to tell their children about healthy eating.

    Childhood obesity is rising (affecting 15% of children at the last estimate in September) but so is the prevalence …

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