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Kate Moss criticised over 'skinny is best' motto

Kate Moss
The saying Moss used is featured on pro-anorexia websites

Model Kate Moss has been criticised by campaigners after saying she lives by a slogan which encourages people with anorexia not to eat.

In an interview with fashion news website WWD, Moss said one of her mottoes was: "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."

Eating disorder charity Beat described the comments as "dangerous" and "very unhelpful" for sufferers.

A spokeswoman for Moss said the comment had been "completely misrepresented".

In the interview, Moss adds: "That's one of them. You try and remember, but it never works."

The saying is widely used by anorexia and bulimia sufferers on websites.

'Irresponsible'

A spokeswoman for Beat said it was "a very unfortunate phrase" particularly as it was widely used on pro-anorexia websites.

"She probably doesn't realise how dangerous such comments can be. It's difficult enough for young people who are struggling to beat eating disorders, without comments like this which are very unhelpful," she said.

Katie Green, a former Ultimo underwear model who has launched a Say No To Size Zero campaign with Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, said the comments were "irresponsible".

She said: "I think Kate Moss should really have thought before she spoke like most of us do before giving interviews. Kate is a mother herself and how would parents with children suffering from eating disorders feel reading something like this?

"We are trying to get the government to put something in place to stamp out size zero models and comments like this aren't doing anything to help that."

A spokeswoman for Moss's model agency Storm said: "This was part of a longer answer Kate gave during a wider ranging interview which has unfortunately been taken out of context and completely misrepresented.

"For the record, Kate does not support this as a lifestyle choice."



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