Former MP Edwina Currie has prompted fury online for claiming that a plus-size model was “heading for diabetes”.
Currie, 69, appeared on BBC Breakfast and was discussing an article in the Sunday Times about curvy models.
The article points to discussion of whether images of larger women could be as unrealistic and damaging as those of ‘size-zero’ models.
Currie said: “It seems to me that plus-size models – and extolling them and making it seem normal to be obese – is just as dangerous and unhealthy as the zero models, the very thin ones.”
“Whether it’s attractive or not it’s unhealthy,” she said, pointing to a photo Ashley Graham – a size 14 model who features of the cover of Sports Illustrated’s new swimsuit issue.
“If you’re that sort of size, and I’m not as slim as I should be… You’re heading for diabetes, hip problems and knee problems.”
But her comments provoked a furious reaction from viewers on Twitter.
A size 14 isn't obese you ridiculous woman Edwina Currie— 👑🌸 Tiffeny Brown 🌸👑 (@TiBrownx) February 28, 2016
I can't believe Edwina Currie's idiotic comments on bbc breakfast this morning about that pretty model - that woman is unbelievable!— Kates (@NUFC_Kates) February 28, 2016