Thin end of the wedge

Friday - - NEWS - Edi­tor Karen Pasquali Jones kpasqual­i­

I’ve been on a diet for most of my life. My first was as a 13-year-old when I had to per­form a dance recital in a leo­tard, which led to me prac­ti­cally starv­ing my­self. For months I thought it was OK to ex­ist on an ap­ple a day.

I wasn’t alone – all my friends went on ex­treme di­ets and some even be­came bu­limic. At one point I was the only per­son in my group of friends who wasn’t mak­ing her­self sick af­ter meals.

Sadly, noth­ing seems to have changed since I was a teenager. Now kids – es­pe­cially girls – as young as six are ob­sess­ing about their bod­ies and whether they are fat or not. Of course that is way too young, but we do need to eat sen­si­bly and healthily to tackle obe­sity and life­style-as­so­ci­ated type 2 di­a­betes, which is rife in this re­gion.

That’s why we’ve cre­ated this diet is­sue – to bring you the lat­est diet trends (cut­ting out su­gar on page 20, and the 4-3 diet on page 26), re­veal how to lose weight by be­ing less po­lite ( page 30), find out what kind of weight watcher you are ( page 34) and bring you the ul­ti­mate thin­spi­ra­tion with our Fri­day reader makeovers on page 44. These three beau­ti­ful women have lost 80kg be­tween them! And if you want to see our ver­dicts on the best diet de­liv­ery ser­vices turn to page 64. En­joy!

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