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The dangers of being ‘size zero’

12th March 2007

In a recent programme on ITV1, Louise Redknapp experiences an extreme crash diet and exercise regime aiming to drop to a US dress size zero in 30 days, discovering first hand the dangers of the current obsession with being stick thin.


The programme outlines the risks of subjecting the body to extreme dieting and exercise techniques. Louise has undergone the month long experiment whilst being closely monitored by a doctor; she is now putting the weight back on in a controlled way.

Louise travels to LA to take part in military style fitness boot camps and gets diet advice. She also meets people who have felt the pressures to be super skinny, from celebrities Denise Van Outen and Mel C to patients as young as 12 at an eating disorders clinic.

Louise says: “I’ve felt that pressure to be stick thin and wanted to highlight the damage young girls can do to their bodies by subjecting themselves to punishing, unhealthy regimes in a desperate bid to lose weight. This experiment is not something I undertook lightly and by doing so I hope it helps people to see the real dangers of the extreme skinny look.â€?  She adds “Extreme regimes such as this have a negative impact on both the body and mind. It is something I would never do again.â€?

The Controller of Alternative Programmes at ITV, Layla Smith, said “Dangerously thin celebrities have been on the front of countless magazines and size zero has become the debate of the moment. The Truth About Size Zero will show exactly how damaging the pursuit of the lollipop look really is.�

For the programme Louise also visited her old stage school the Italia Conti Academy of theatre Arts to warn pupils about the horrors of crash dieting.


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