EUGENE, Ore. – The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, may have introduced what some health experts have dubbed as “Brideorexia” -- due to her rapid weight loss from a size eight to a size two in less than six months - says a wedding planner here in Eugene who also notes that she’s already seen “a lot of brides that are trying much too hard to be too thin for the big day.”
In fact, Sandra the wedding planner says “Brideorexia” is a new pop health term “that’s been more or less put out there after Kate Middleton got married. I just saw recent photographs of her and she’s still looking very, very thin.” Sandra also notes how Brideorexia – or getting real slim quick for one’s wedding day – is a “real health matter when considering national wedding industry statistics that point to 2.3 million brides wed every year in the U.S.” At the same time, the Royal Palace has confirmed June 16 that Duchess Kate will visit California this summer; with Hollywood already making plays to lay out the red carpet, say entertainment industry insiders.
The average American bride is 25 years old and worried about weight
According to the National Wedding Industry, the after age for a bride is 25, and the average weight is “a best kept secret,” jokes Sandra who works as t a wedding coordinator here in Eugene. In turn, Sandra says June and July are her busiest months, and one trend she’s nothing during 2011 is “this obsession with getting extra slim for the wedding. It’s simply not necessary to have a happy wedding,” she adds.
At the same time, the spotlight on high profile weddings -- and getting thin for the wedding dress – rests with the now Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, says Sandra and others who produce weddings for a living.
The new bridge of king to be Prince William still looks very thin, state British media this week as Duchess Kate (age 29) is seen out and about and preparing for the couple’s visit later this summer to California and Canada.
Hollywood scary skinny stars eyeing Middleton’s diet secrets
“The always thin Kate (Middleton) is dropping pounds by the day. Her waist is wafer-thin. Is being a princess too much pressure,” asks the popular Hollywood Life website June 10. The report also noted that Duchess Kate “appeared quite gaunt” during a June 9 kids event near Buckingham Palace in London that focused on “the importance of health and fitness.”
Meanwhile, a recent report on the Canada.com website noted how "The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate's new title) is considering a number of options to give members of the public the opportunity to see close up the skilled British craftsmanship that went into the making of her wedding dress," a spokesman said.
In turn, those who reported seeing Kate’s wedding dress up close said it was “very tiny.”
Duchess Catherine ‘s dramatic weight loss worries Brits who want a Royal baby
“One can never be too thin or too rich,” states a retro Sixties quote from British icon “Twiggy” that’s featured on a poster that hangs 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 to Prince William -- at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England -- 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 popular. While British media also reports that Middleton remarked that the dramatic weight loss “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 statement at the time of the wedding noted that 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.
"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
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 “noted 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 “here are also implications if you are severely underweight when you fall pregnant. For instance, 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
“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 Duchess Kate’s dramatic weight loss spurred interest in Hollywood where she will be meeting with movie stars later this summer.
“Suddenly, the diet that sold five 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.
Duchess 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 Assn. "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 to look good
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 Lady 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.
Image source of Duchess Kate, while media reports say she's looking very thin at the end of June, during a recent meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace: Wikipedia