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Weighty issue of body shape needs sense and sensibility

There's been lots of weight-related articles in the papers of late. Angelina Jolie's legs are now, apparently, far too slender and a far cry from her athletic days in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Sarah Jessica Parker constantly gets it in the neck for her 'unsightly, sinewy arms'.

Nancy Dell'Olio is now officially fit, like, for a 50-year-old -- an age at which some writers seem to believe that most women want to hide their figures.

LeAnn Rimes had a stranger come over to her dinner table as she ate with friends to comment: "You need to eat something."

The singer is thin and muscular but, seriously, if she or any of the women mentioned above have issues regarding their weight, I'll bet my house on the fact that strangers who are far too concerned with other peoples lives won't help.

Miss Rimes did not take the insult lying down and tweeted the following: 'How dare someone come to me at a table w/ the boys and tell me I need to eat something. What is wrong with people!? As I'm stuffing my face . . . have another drink and maybe take a class in manners! Cheers!'


Even the men can't escape comment. There was a bundle of picture-driven stories about David Beckham having a wee belly while rapper Ice T has been described as 'one big star' and, no, the writer was not talking about his music profile! "Ice shows off his bulging waistline as he soaks up the sunshine in Mexico with Coco." The man is 52 -- who hasn't gained some weight by then? His wife Coco was described in the same article as 'voluptuous'. We all know what is meant by that.

The most recent obsession is with Peaches Geldof (right) and her 'waif-like appearance' at the London premiere of One Day. A breathless commentator 'revealed' how she had apparently nursed a bowl of miso soup in some West London joint for an hour. Oh my God. Let's call the soup police. A month before 'soup gate' the girl was being slagged off for gaining weight.

My body size has gone up and down over the years but only Mammy O'Keeffe and a really good male friend ever told me -- for my own good, in a nice way.

Most sensible people know that eating healthy and doing exercise are what it takes to stay in shape. And I hope that anyone who pushes it too far either way has a mammy like mine. >DEE O'KEEFFE