Thin end of the wedge
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!