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Is Kate Middleton Too Thin to be a Role Model?

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has been under the media spotlight ever since her engagement with Prince William of England was made public. While most press applaud her beauty, grace, and lack of public scandals (unlike her brother-in-law, Prince Harry), some news sources have attacked Kate for being “too thin” to be a role model.

Katie Couric, on her new daytime talk show, said, “I think she needs to eat more because she’s so thin,” but she also praised the Duchess for staying so composed since being thrust into the public eye. Katie’s comment, however, renewed rumors from the past that Middleton is suffering from an eating disorder.

Kate, while never being anywhere near overweight, lost only about 10 pounds prior to her wedding, but photos from the press labeled it as “alarming weight loss” and as signs of an eating disorder. However, isn’t it fairly standard for brides to go on a diet right before the big day? While she certainly didn’t need to lose any weight, she did not lose a drastic enough amount to suggest an eating disorder.

Pro-Anorexia sites have been heralding Kate as a “role model” for her weight loss success, while tabloid publications have been attacking her for her supposedly unhealthy habits. However, there is no explicit evidence that Kate has any sort of eating disorder, and her weight loss has not been drastic enough to prompt any sort of formal intervention.

Most of the world would agree that Kate Middleton is a beautiful and healthy woman, and plus or minus 10 pounds won’t change that. The media should instead focus on her stability as a wife and royal leader, and her many charitable projects.