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One of the things that drives me insane about the media, among many, many things that drive me similarly insane, is the way fat people are portrayed. If it’s not patronising so-called reality TV shows like ‘Fat Families’ or ‘Obese – a year to save my life’ it’s the stereotypical fat women in soaps. I’m talking about Eastenders with their ‘unlucky in love but with a heart of gold’ Hev, a bit dim, obsessed with cheese and George Michael and ultimately ‘tragic’.

In your average soap or sit-com, any attempt by a fat woman (or a man) to do anything fitness-related  is farcical. I still remember when Grant Mitchell tried to make Nigel go jogging with him. And when Barry Evans tried to get fit for Janine. Of course, they didn’t keep it up, they huffed and they puffed and they ended up in Beales Caff eating a bacon buttie…

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