Last week all the papers reported a study that showed that 'fat shaming' doesn't work. This week all the papers (I'm guessing not the Guardian, but I will check my facts) ran the story illustrated here by the front page of the Star.
Ok, well it was definitely in the Daily Mail, the Mirror, the Metro, the Sun, the Express and Wigan Today. I can't find signs that the broadsheets were that interested. What, not even a comment piece in the Guardian.
They all followed the fat shaming line that this is a woman on benefits, who has never worked, and would like to be given money for every pound she loses, and a free gym membership, because she can't afford to buy healthy food, even though she won't give up on her two takeaways a week and won't go for a run in public because people will laugh at her and she would be embarrassed.
(I may have lost track of the appropriate bits to put in bold there)
Now I love judging people as much as anybody. But this is still fat shaming and unhelpful.
Of course, she didn't do herself any favours by going on the telly and saying things that were always going to be inflammatory. I'm sure nobody put her up to that! But really, this woman needs help.
Just not the help she's asking for.
Nutritional guidance and support for her food issues. Just what most of us with overeating problems need, basically.