Egyptian TV Imposes Mandatory Diets on Women Anchors to Maintain ‘Appropriate Appearance’ — Egyptian Streets

Ooh, I am so of two minds about this….one, that’s kind of draconian.  Two, well…we KNOW obesity is unhealthy.  These women *are* role models due to their positions on national TV, and have huge influence over their viewers.  Keeping them at a healthy weight encourages viewers to maintain a healthy weight also, ESPECIALLY in light of the publicity over this issue.

Notice I didn’t say “model weight.”  I said “healthy weight.” Models today are no healthier than the obese, if your body fat content is so low that you aren’t menstruating on a regular basis you are TOO THIN.  Osteoporosis awaits you my friend, among other things.

Yes, I know I’m going to be accused of fat shaming or being racist or something.  Frankly, I DON’T CARE.  Obesity kills.  Period.  It limits your life.  Period.  You may not like facts but they are facts nonetheless.

Photo: Al-Ahram The head of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) Safaa Hegazy issued a decision on Tuesday preventing eight women anchors from appearing on screen, pending the implementation of a mandatory diet to achieve an “appropriate appearance.” According to Aswat Masreya, SHegazy also issued instructions to the women anchors in the TV sector…

via Egyptian TV Imposes Mandatory Diets on Women Anchors to Maintain ‘Appropriate Appearance’ — Egyptian Streets

4 responses

  1. Okay, also no problem with the role model angle; but with the dual-standard approach, where men are not under the same requirements, I take some exception. Also, if they are serious about the women serving as role models, will they be educating anchors and viewers on proper diet and exercise routines; or will society in Egypt be learning from a situation where overweight women are ordered to ‘do something’ to get to a more preferable weight?

    • I agree with you to a point, but I have watched a fair amount of Egyptian TV in my past years, and honestly, even the obese men who are on TV are not comparable body fat percentage wise with the women. They would have to be at least 50 pounds heavier to be equivalent. I do agree that there are different standards, but you just don’t see obese Egyptian men like you do women. Doughy yes. Obese no. At least not when I’ve been watching. Maybe it’s changed in the last 2 years or so.

      But part of it is the clothing restrictions which prevent women from being able to exercise without fear of harassment.

      • Then it seems to me that Egyptian television has an opportunity to confront more than just one social woe. Watching Egyptian television is something I’ve never done before; nor have I ever travelled there.

  2. It’s an unusual decision, but having thought about it at some length, I really don’t have a problem with it. In many jobs you are expected to present an appropriate appearance – for example, in my current job it is expected that I will wear a suit and tie – and I can see that for certain jobs in the public eye a reasonable expectation might be a normal body weight. I note that the article talks about eight women being affected, which implies that they tolerated the situation for as long as they could, but as creeping obesity affected more and more presenters they reached a point where they felt they had to act.

    I was disappointed that the article didn’t show photographs so we could see what sort of obesity we are talking about: are we talking obesity, or morbid obesity, or just overweight?

    Disclosure: I am a man and therefore biased.

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