'Fatties' kicked off dating website
Piling on the pounds at Christmas may put a slight dampener on the New Year but the consequences were rather more grave for more than 5,000 people expelled from an online dating community.
The so-called "festive fatties" were kicked off BeautifulPeople.com for losing their looks over the holiday season.
The site, which has a strict ban on "ugly people", said it had thrown out more than 5,000 members from around the world who had put on weight.
Most of the "former beauties" were expelled from the US, UK and Canada.
According to BeautifulPeople.com, "vigilant members" called for drastic action after users posted photos of themselves celebrating Christmas and the New Year - revealing they had "let themselves go".
Managing director Greg Hodge said: "We responded to complaints by moving the newly chubby members back to the rating stage. This is the same as having them re-apply.
"Their re-applications were reviewed by existing members and only a few hundred were voted back in. Over 5,000 were rejected."
Robert Hintze, founder of BeautifulPeople.com, said: "As a business, we mourn the loss of any member, but the fact remains that our members demand the high standard of beauty be upheld.
"Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded."
According to the site, managers have been kind in breaking the news to former members. Each is said to have received an email encouraging them to re-apply when they are back to looking their best. They have also been sent details of recommended boot camps.