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Skinny celebs blamed for teenager's death

The heartbroken mother of a teenage girl has slammed skinny celebs like Posh Spice for setting a bad example.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 20:38 IST
Asian News International
Asian News International

The heartbroken mother of a teenage who died of eating disorder anorexia has slammed skinny celebs like Posh Spice for setting a bad example.

Rosalind Ponomarenko-Jones, whose 19-year old daughter Sophie Mazurek, weighed just four stone or 25.40 kilos when she died after a two-year battle with the eating disorder, has hit out celebs who make being thin glamourous.

 "These girls, and celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, are very negative role models. Sophie knew that but she thought people like Victoria Beckham were glamorous - she wanted to be like them," the Daily Mail quoted her, as saying.

 Mrs Ponomarenko-Jones revealed that her daughter, who used to weigh 54 kilos when she developed anorexia at the age of 17, spent a “fortune” on mags which were full of pics showing which celebs were thin and which were fat.



Mazurek’s mother also blamed the magazines for she says that they made being thin “attractive and glamorous”.

"Sophie spent a fortune on magazines full of pictures of celebrities and features showing who was looking thin and who looked fat. They are certainly partly to blame because they make being thin seem attractive and glamorous," Mrs Ponomarenko-Jones said.

"But girls with anorexia also often suffer from low self-esteem - they are not happy in their own skin and want to be like celebrities, and that is a major factor behind the onset of anorexia as well," she added.

A spokesman for Victoria Beckham said it would be "inappropriate to comment on somebody's loss". 

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