EUGENE, Ore. – “One can never be too thin or too rich,” states a retro Sixties quote from British icon “Twiggy” that’s featured on a poster hanging in a trendy spa here in Eugene that sells the new “Dukan diet” that future queen Catherine Middleton reportedly used to drop several dress sizes, going from a U.S. size 8 to a size 2; meanwhile, those who’ve seen the Duchess of Cambridge since the Royal Wedding say she still “looks a bit gaunt.”
Kate Middleton dropped from a 28 to almost a 22 waist size for the Royal Wedding, wearing a size 2 dress on her big day. In turn, the L.A. Times is reporting how Kate’s sudden weight loss is fueling the popularity of the “Duken diet” out in Hollywood, where getting as thin as humanly possible without getting too sick is still in vogue. British media reports state that Middleton admitted to her dramatic weight loss, saying it “was all part of the wedding plan.” Meanwhile, health experts say dropping from a size 8 to 2 in dress size is simply not healthy and even dangerous.
A Palace fact sheet stated Kate is 5 –foot-10, and weighed about 100 pounds at the time of the Royal wedding. A previous biography put her weight at near 130 pounds.
Kate drops a pound a day, loosing more than 20 pounds to fit into her wedding dress
"If it took her 5 months to lose 20 pounds, she lost a pound every 7.5 days. Safe weight loss recommendations for most folks is no more than 1 pound per week, so even if she lost 20 pounds, she was within the guidelines for a healthy rate of weight loss," said Carla Wolper, in an ABC News interview after the Royal Wedding. Wolper is an obesity researcher at St. Luke's Hospital and assistant professor at the Eating Disorders Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center, both in New York.
Prince William’s new wife wanted to look “trim and thin,” say Brits who monitor the Royals even more than Americans do.
One of the prime duties for the Duchess of Cambridge is to produce a son or daughter for Prince William who will one day become the next King or Queen of England. In turn, the British public said they knew "Kate wanted to look trim and thin,” but we’re “a bit worried at this point,” said callers on London’s popular radio talk show LBC 97.3 that’s dubbed as “London’s Biggest Conversation."
Iain Dale and LBC’s other radio talk show hosts have told British media that now that William and Kate are married, the listeners are asking the obvious question “when will the babies come.”
“If you severely restrict your calorie intake or exercise very heavily you may either continuously or periodically suffer from amenorrhea. This is the absence of both periods and ovulation, a condition which will make it very difficult to conceive. Amenorrhea can happen because you have so little fat on your frame that your body goes into 'starvation' mode and the delicate hormonal balance that signals the development and release of healthy eggs from your ovaries is disrupted,” state doctors on the popular “Ask Baby" website.
Moreover, Ask Baby states “there are also implications if you are severely underweight when you fall pregnant."
For instance, experts on the site stated that "lower than healthy maternal pregnancy weight has been associated with both preterm delivery and low infant birth weight, neither of which are ideal. Additionally, if you heavily restrict your diet you may also deprive your body of the essential nutrients your baby needs for healthy development which can cause different problems.”
Dukan diet gets help to win hearts and minds from Kate's use of the diet
“Her (Kate) weight loss sparked rumors that she was on the Dukan diet — what appears to be a French spin on the high-protein Atkins diet — after Middleton's mother, Carole, acknowledged using the plan to shed pre-wedding pounds,” stated a May 1 L.A. Times report on how Middleton’s dramatic weight loss spurred interest in Hollywood.
“Suddenly, the diet that sold 4 million copies in France was making headlines in the States, with its promise of instant weight loss without hunger, portion control or counting calories,” the L.A. Times report added.
Moreover, the L.A. Times – that’s one of the leading sources of information about culture and lifestyle in famed Beverly Hill, noted that the diet's author, Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French family practitioner, “is capitalizing on the sudden surge in media exposure to promote his mission (attack the obesity problem in the U.S.) and the American version of his book. ‘The Dukan Diet’ hit bookstores in recently with a cover stating, ‘The Real Reason the French Stay Thin,’ while featuring Kate in her new thin look.
Kate’s weight loss dangerous to her health
The L.A. Times has devoted numerous reports about Kate’s dramatic weight loss as to reflect others who may also try it. Thus, the Times reported how “many nutritionists and other health experts dismiss the eating regimen. They say it's just another fad diet that, while impressive in its immediate results, could be risky over the long-term.
"It just doesn't make sense based on the science we know," said Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor at Boston University and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, who added: "When you eliminate major food groups, you have the potential to eliminate major nutrients."
In turn, Blake noted that the diet can “indeed have less-than-glamorous side effects, such as constipation, dry mouth, bad breath and fatigue because of its lack of carbs, fruit and vegetables.”
The L.A. Times also stated that “even Dukan acknowledges this.”
"Diets high in protein tend to be associated with a little higher [initial] weight loss," said Robert Eckel, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and past president of the American Heart Assn. Over longer periods, such as a year or two, he said, the results achieved via these regimens tend to rival more traditional calorie-restriction plans.
Kate dropped significant weight when she was already looking healthy, say fans
An ABC News TV report during the Royal Wedding was peppered with words about the new, and very thin Kate. “A radiant, but wisp-thin Kate Middleton stepped into the public eye today, emerging from the royal state car -- a 1978 Rolls-Royce -- and walking into Westminster Abbey to take her wedding vows. The lace-bodice dress, designed by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, clung gracefully to her lean frame, possibly adding to questions about the newly titled Duchess of Cambridge's health.”
Basically, Kate lost about 10 to 14 or more pounds of weight loss, and not just body fat, said Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, during the ABC News coverage of the wedding.
Losing this amount of weight, however, isn't unhealthy, Bonci added.
Kate looking emaciated due to dramatic weight loss that echoes Princess Diana
Local nutrition experts in Eugene, who advocate balanced natural living with “live food,” and no binge dieting for women.
Thus, locals in England noted in British media reports that Kate looked “emaciated,” while reminding fans of the late Princess Diana who confessed to suffering from bulimia and anorexia.
“Now is the perfect time to share information on the website “Bulimia: the Princess Diana Eating Disorder,” said a Eugene nutrition expert who also points to Lady Di who admitted to having been diagnosed with anorexia.
“Imagine you’re a princess like Diana and now Kate and you’re suffering from bulimia nervosa. We know that Diana would binge on find and then vomit and take laxatives to stay thin. She also had anorexia nervosa that’s a common eating disorder in our society due to an obsessive fear of gaining weight.”
Princess Diana admitted to vomiting to stay thin
“We know that William’s mother, Princess Di, had distorted self image. She was rich, pretty and a princess, but she denied herself food to eat, and if she did spurge, it was 600 or 700 calories per day washed down with laxatives and admitted bouts of vomiting to just stay thin,” adds the Eugene diet expert who says she’s spent much of her professional career counseling young women on eating real “live” foods over fad diets that only hurt them in the end.
In fact, this extreme dieting syndrome has now been dubbed “The Princess Diana Eating Disorder.”
According to Andrew Morton’s 1992 book, “Diana: Her True Story,” the late princess revealed that bulimia was her “secret disease.” Diana told Morton that she would make herself “vomit” while struggling with bulimia and also anorexia in the 1980’s when she became a princess.
Sadly, this former Princess of Wales also admitted to suffering from the eating disorders even while in treatment in the 1980’s and 90’s. Lady Diana died on Aug. 31, 1997, as a result of injuries sustained in a car collision in Paris.
According to doctors and therapists, Princess Diana’s secret battle has led to a greater public awareness of the disorder, and a better understanding of bulimia after Princess Diana admitted that she began to follow a strict diet after people made comments on TV and in magazines about her “pudgy” appearance. Once she started dieting, she couldn’t stop.
Image source of Kate Middleton in 2008: Wikipedia
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