EUGENE, Ore. – Local nutrition experts in Eugene, who advocate balanced natural living with “live food” and no binge dieting for women, say they are concerned that Kate Middleton – who will marry Britain’s Prince William on Friday – has lost too much weight in recent weeks and looks “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,” says Eugene nutrition expert Maxine Clarke 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 various foods and then vomit or 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;” explains Clarke who also believes that “men don’t really care if you lose a lot of 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 Clarke 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.
One joke that media in London’s East End are sharing is: What Princess Kate will eat during her wedding reception on Friday? “The answer is nothing, mate, nothing at all,” quips a Eastender on a local London talk show where non-Royalists are ripping the “millions of pounds” being spent on William and Kate’s wedding reception when those in England still remember all the painful admission of Princess Diana that she suffered from both bulimia and anorexia after marrying Prince Charles.
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.
Morton’s book also noted that Diana’s eating problems were further exacerbated when her marriage underwent great upheaval, and food became the answer to the emptiness she felt.
Kate Middleton following Diana’s lead with Dukan Diet
An April 18 story in Time Magazine notes that tabloids in England, Paris and America believe that Kate Middleton has lost more than 20 pounds in recent months due to “pre-wedding jitters.” Time states that Middleton is on the Dukan Diet that advocates eating meat over vegetables and live food.
In turn, Buckingham Palace – where the Queen of England lives – denies the reports.
“If the popularity of bridal "boot camps" and shows like Shedding for the Wedding are any indication, losing weight for the wedding day ranks high on women's lists of pre-nuptial tasks. So much so that the term brideorexia (a reference to the potentially fatal eating disorder anorexia) has entered the lexicon. But are women really taking their bridal diets to that extreme? It's true that many brides-to-be try to shed unreasonably large amounts of weight. In a 2000 Cornell study of 273 women who were getting married within the year, 70% of respondents reported wanting to lose more than 20 lb. But in reality, by wedding day, their average weight loss was 7 lb,” stated Time Magazine.
Women are killing themselves to get and stay thin when nobody really cares
“I’m a woman and I want to look good,” says Eugene nutrition expert Barb Goldstein, “But give me a break. In this day and age, nobody really cares if you lost five or six pounds. Certainly, the men in your life don’t give a hoot and don’t really know that you’re starving yourself for what? Its common sense that if you want to be healthy and look your best, than eat a balanced diet. This is not rocket science.”
At the same time, Time Magazine’s April 18 report on Middleton’s dramatic weight loss – that has friends and neighbors in her hometown of Bucklebury, England, telling British media that they are alarmed at her “thin figure and unhealthy appearance.”
"Clearly we live in a culture that values thinness, and this is probably the event of most women's lives that puts the brightest spotlight on them," says Dr. Jeffrey Sobal, a co-author of the study and a professor of sociology at Cornell.
"But for most, the methods [the women reported] were fairly benign: they did more exercise increased fruits and vegetables, used weights. My projection is that it really isn't a problem except in a few extreme cases,” in the Time Magazine story that exposed Middleton’s weight loss rationale.
Middleton has background as a model where dieting is a big deal
At 29, Middleton is not as experienced as other women who’ve suffered with dieting issues. As a fashion model and a would be photographer in London, her claim to fame is being featured in several best-dressed lists, while being selected by London’s “The Daily Telegraph” as the “Most Promising Newcomer” in its 2006 list of style winners and losers.
As someone who’s been involved in the fashion industry – where one’s outside package is the big selling point – Middleton understands the need to stay thin, states an April 19 ABC News report that looks at her diet secrets.
For instance, ABC News reported “that her mother, Carole Middleton, told a reporter she herself had lost weight on the Dukan Diet. The plan grew quietly in popularity in France until those comments. Now it's one of the world's hottest diets and it's headed for the U.S.”
At the same time, ABC News looked into claims that massive dieting has been going on within Kate Middleton’s family.
"Everyone picked up on the fact that Carole had lost weight clearly because the pictures said she had," said Katie Nicholl, who has long covered the royal family. "She'd lifted the lid on the secret to her weight loss which was the Dukan diet, although the palace now insisting that neither Kate nor Carol is actually on this diet."
Middleton now tops her future husband’s mother as top princess
Kate Middleton, “the princess bride is already becoming more popular than her famous crowned kin -- even the late Princess Diana,” states Aol News when pointing to the “Global Language Monitor, a Texas based company “that tracks word usage trends around the world.”
Aol News states that the organization “has just released a study tracing how many times Middleton has been mentioned in different types of media over the last three months.”
At the same time, there are real concerns, state BBC and other British media interviews of people in England who think Middleton may face the same difficulties as Lady Di in her role as princess.