I feel rather sheepish, but I watched How to Look Good Naked on Tuesday night and as with all programmes with tempting titles (as in lowest common denominator; Katharine made me watch) it was quite boring and I shan’t be tuning in again.
Yet I feel moved to comment. It’s not just that the presenter, Gok Wan, is a weird looking bloke even for a fashion guru (his glasses look like they’re made of cardboard; see the 3D Specs modelled by this look-alike).
How to Look Good Naked is one of those programmes that prompts newspaper features on how silly women are for trying to loose weight when fat is normal. Anyone can look good with a little help from Gok Wan. (Daily Mail reader, Mick of London, has already cracked Gok Wan’s formula for making fat women look good in photos: ‘Lie down with your head towards the camera so that your face and breasts dominate the picture / Arrange the lighting so that your lower half is in shadow’. He forgets to mention all the beauty treatments used to sweat them down a little.)
Anyway. Making people feel good about themselves is a good thing. But it’s dishonest to pretend that it’s okay to be fat when one-in-five women and a quarter of men are obese and obesity costs the NHS £7 billion a year.
Losing weight is difficult (my own podge shows no intention of withering away). But telling people to love their fat, is akin to telling them to give up on ever being healthy.