30 October 2013

Has the media driven Lauren Goodger to starvation!

I feel its important to address issues that affect us young women daily. Our struggles with self esteem and body confidence are unfortunately problems which many of us suffer from. I have posted in the past about my views on what is beautiful? Also I have posted about Lauren Goodger before and how us women need to be more supportive of each other. Yet now i'm tackling the issue from a different angle, is the press to blame for our continued girl hating?

Lauren Goodger has continually suffered at the hands of online bullies and the medias constant critique with regards to her weight. Yet now it appears the pressure has got to much.

Earlier today the 27 year old tweeted that she hadn't eaten for the past 3 days and would continue not to eat until She is left the hell alone. Here is the full screen shots of the tweets.



The Towie stars outburst is in reaction to the medias reaction to her appearance after the Inside soap awards. This is just the latest in Lauren's struggle with the judgement of how she looks and her weight.

Yet although I totally disagree with promoting of starvation. I do think more needs to be done when it comes to the medias obsession with weight. Stars are often criticized for gaining and losing weight, being told they are a role model to young girls. Yet it appears to me the stars aren't the ones in control of what is considered beautiful. They themselves are under the scrutiny of the world and are constantly having there bodies assessed by everyone. Many stars admit they are made to feel inadequate and feel under pressure to change themselves. When there figure doesn't match up to the medias ideal. It seems like a dangerous chain reaction to me. If people considered to be the most beautiful in the world fall under pressure to change themselves what chance do insecure teenage girls have.

It appears Lauren thought better of the tweets deleting them and then posting an apology.

The whole episode has resulted in angry tweets, with many accusing Lauren of attention seeking. Other tweets remind the star that she is a role model to teenage girls who may also struggle with her weight. I feel angry tweets directed at Lauren aren't the way forward. We as a culture are obsessed with how we look and nothing makes us feel better than putting others down.

 If we want to make a difference, maybe we should boycott the magazines and newspapers. Which constantly comment on celebrities weight and looks. Take the time to think how your actions and words affect others. If you were receiving millions of tweets pointing out your flaws and lots of column inches about the size of your belly. How would you feel?

What are your views on this issue? Do you Feel sorry for Lauren? Who is to blame for the lack of body confidence in our generation? What do you think needs or can be done?

Lots of Love
Laura x


  1. I completely understand why she has flipped out like she has. The media are terrible for both fat and skinny shaming people and it drives me mad! She is not fat by any means, and if she is happy she should just be left alone.

    I think perhaps the issue is sometimes the choice of clothing she wears, she needs to focus more on her body shape and wear things what will flatter it.

    Anyway, while I sympathise greatly with her I do not think it is right for her to be promoting her 3 days starvation to her followers. Many TOWIE fans are under 16 and seeing somebody promoting starvation in such a positive light will make them think that it is an acceptable way to diet - which it is totally not!

  2. It must be so horrible for her, she really takes a battering from the press over her weight. Literally every week in magazines she has either lost or gained weight, even though she looks exactly the same. That must be so hard to deal with.

    However, I do feel she should of kept quiet on the issue, especially as she has so many young followers who may follow her in her 'diet' methods. Plus this kind of outbursts will only fuel the media more. I just hope no one was influenced by reading her tweets!

    Belle xxx
    Mascara & Maltesers

  3. It's bad enough when you have one or two people picking on you let alone massive hoards of people who don't even know you in real life. She totally went about dealing with this in the wrong way, but I can see why she reacted like that.

    I think the media need to leave female celebs alone. There's so much scrunity over weight and size, it's ridiculous.


  4. I feel so sorry for women in the media when it comes to size! In every single magazine there's a story about someone's weight and if they've lost or gained a pound or two!
    I look at these celebrities and think 'well if people think they're big, I'm bigger than her so I must fatter!' and I'm sure I'm not alone.
    I don't think Lauren should've posted it all over twitter but people need to understand how words can affect a person so much!

    Hopefully people will read your post and others and finally realise this 'weight' issue is ridiculous and needs to stop!
    -Sarah Speaks

  5. This is an excellent post Laura and I do believe Lauren is targeted by the media somewhat. But she has put herself out there and the downside of that is because she has made such a big deal about her weight in the past that is what the media will always focus on it. She is always seeking reassurance by posting pictures on instagram in various poses-it's so orchestrated that she never seems to just smile and have fun. She also does not dress to suit her shape-she has a great figure but seems to constantly wear clothes that seem to be just one size too small.

    She's pretty, she's successful but she's still quite young and she needs to learn to either rise above it or back away from the media spotlight because, excuse the pun but she can't have her cake and eat it if this is honestly how it is making her feel.

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

    1. But, just to add, I am totally and utterly against and horrified by people who cyber bully and write hateful things to a person they don't even know. Everyone is brave behind a laptop or computer but they would NEVER ever say it to her face. I often wonder WHY people can be so nasty-she is just a girl at the end of the day

  6. Honestly who is anyone to judge? What one person may consider beautiful may be completely different to what another person thinks.
    All that I'm sure of is that the writers and bullies who behave this way to anyone are ugly on the inside. No one should put another person down and make them feel like they're not good enough.


  7. Healthy comes in all shapes and sizes. I think it's ridiculous the amount of pressure that is put on women these days. Ridiculous. I read a quote somewhere recently that said something along the lines of: "don't try to look like the girl in the magazine... even the girl in the magazine doesn't look like the girl in the magazine." That's hitting the nail on the head right there. We're bombarded with plastic images every day and grow immune to it to the point where we think that's the norm. I've judged myself against these standards too, sadly. I don't think she should be tweeting about not eating though. I do feel bad for her but that's not the best way to handle it. She should use it to send a more POSITIVE message.

    Voyage of the MeeMee

  8. Oh my, I could literally rant and rave all day about this subject.

    This is such a good post to make, and I think is something that needs to be talked about more.

    The media at the moment cries aloud at the suggestion of airbrushing and how bad it is for impressionable women (and men!), yet at the same time praises any 'celebrity' that loses weight, and constantly focuses on their weight going up and down (read: Daily Mail). But God forbid they lose too much weight, then they have an eating disorder!

    Is it any bloody wonder?

    I do feel bad for Lauren, it must be hard to be in the public eye, but at the same time, she chooses to be there (not that she deserves to be talked about in such a way), so she should use it to help the cause for positive body image, not hinder it. Although I can understand how difficult it can be.

    Hmm maybe...


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