The list of women who wouldn’t love to raid Kate Middleton‘s closet is fairly short, but the number of young girls who want to be as thin as the Duchess of Cambridge is growing every second. Images of the duchess and her sister Pippa Middleton are being used as “thinspiration” on pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites.
Today Health reports that both sisters, whose personal style is followed aggressively across the fashion blogosphere, are now getting lots attention for their trim figures and visible collarbones. The young women who follow the eating disorder websites use pictures of pin-thin celebs as motivation to lose more weight, and Kate’s princess status (and wasp waist) have catapulted her to the top of the list. A user of one site has Middleon ranked at number two on her list of top ten thinspirations, in between Victoria Beckham and Mary-Kate Olsen.
“Every little girl at one time wants to be a princess, and these images will not only reach teenagers but middle and elementary schoolers,” said Jill M. Pollack, director of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. She has been treating patients suffering from eating disorders for over 20 years. “To have the Middleton sisters [on pro-ana sites] is like, oh my God, a disaster waiting to happen.”
Kate, who’s noticeably lost weight over the past year, has been famously reluctant to pick up her mantle as a style star. But we’re certain she wouldn’t want her image used as a prop for women and girls to prolong potentially fatal illnesses, and we hope that she’ll join the crusade against eating disorders. If she can influence people to lose weight, maybe she can influence them to have a healthy relationship with food, too.