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Uk News Zara McDermott is the perfect person to interrogate unrealistic beauty standards United Kingdom news
22 November 2022 - 11:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! With unrealistic beauty standards and diet culture as omnipresent as ever, it’s a rare woman who can describe her relationship with food as totally untroubled – but until she left the show that made her famous in 2018, Zara McDermott counted herself in that lucky minority. “Before Love Island, I had never looked at the calories in a food in my life,” she explains in her new documentary, Disordered Eating. “That changed. Very soon after.” Leaving the villa to a barrage of body criticism, McDermott whittled down her figure with an intense diet and fitness regime. Soon a fully-fledged influencer, she shared recipes and workouts on Instagram for those who wanted to do the same. Despite her overhaul, from the outside McDermott’s relationship with her appearance still seemed healthy – but was her online content fuelling unhealthy behaviours in others? Some of the people who consumed it certainly think so. Reaching out to her followers about the documentary, Zara receives messages that question her eligibility to host it in the first place: “How can someone who’s part of this problem run a documentary like this?” writes one commenter. Troubled but commendably keen to interrogate her own role in the problem, Zara begins by visiting a student, Milly, in Lincoln. She has found herself increasingly preoccupied with fitness and calorie counting since lockdown and her housemates aren’t immune to the widespread messaging that had pushed her there: “everyone in this house goes to the gym.” In a culture so pressurised by certain beauty standards, it was hard to tell where normal reactions to social pressure ended and disordered habits began. Sophie, an Ariana Grande devotee from Kent, is a more clear-cut case. Her post-breakup fitness kick had developed into an obsession and through tears, Sophie tells McDermott how their conversation is bringing her problem into focus: “I’ve wasted so much time, and for what?] I’m still not happy.” Tiwa, whose eating disorder began when she moved to a new school, also finds disclosure cathartic.

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. I remember literally wanting to cut my fat off.” In some ways, Tiwa’s experience of negative motivation recalls McDermott’s own: “I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of negative comments about your body.” Meeting Lauren, diagnosed with anorexia and about to enter inpatient treatment, McDermott sees how quickly parallel paths can diverge. “A few months ago, my Instagram life and Lauren’s looked the same,” she says. “Now the gap that separates us seems like a gulf.” There’s not a straight line to draw between them, however. As Sophie’s consultant Danielle Glennon explains, the factors that feed into eating disorders are “complex”.More from TelevisionDavid Baddiel: Jews Don't Count was an excellent and necessary21 November, 20221899 ending explained: What happens in the final episode of the new Netflix sci-fi mystery21 November, 2022How many hours ahead of the UK the World Cup hosts Qatar are and kick-off times explained21 November, 2022McDermott’s Instagram account might well compound unhealthy cultural fixations about what society accepts as beautiful, but it is also undeniably a product of them. Having her shoulder all the blame would mean letting wider, equally punitive structures – patriarchy, capitalism – off the hook. While Disordered Eating doesn’t offer any revelations per se, it clearly illustrates the dispiritingly circular nature of social pressure. Like so many monoliths, restrictive beauty standards and their attendant taboos are most easily torn down by shedding light on them. In this light, McDermott’s documentary is unquestionably a force for good. To answer the naysayer who suggested her work as an influencer disqualified her from the task of needling the relationship between influencers and disordered eating – on the contrary, it places her as its perfect inquisitor.

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