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Who chose that picture?

Cross posted

The NZ Herald is running a story about women dieting and ruining their future chances of having babies. So much to unpack in it, but I’m short of time this morning. Instead of any in-depth analysis, take a look at the picture the subbies chose to run with the story.

I think that’s a picture of a pregnant woman. Disembodied of course, because we wouldn’t want to focus on actual women when we’re busy policing bodies. But I just can’t get my head around the picture at all. Is she supposed to be dieting? Or not? She can’t be illustrating the point of the story i.e. that women who diet too hard can’t get pregnant, because actually, she is pregnant.

Predictably, there’s nothing in the story about the pressures that ensure that women feel they must diet and stay skinny. It’s all the fault of the individual women, of course.


3 responses to “Who chose that picture?

  1. Beckie September 30, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Another sensationalist story…what about the women that have dieted and had babies or the women who have abused their bodies through drugs and alcohol and had babies? And as for that picture,I’m a fitness trainer and I’ve had clients want to lose weight while pregnant,the picture is just a red herring designed to draw the reader to that conclusion..

  2. Alice V Toklas October 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm


  3. Phuong October 4, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Yes, you’re right – the image doesn’t accurately convey the story. Perhaps the journalist googled “diet” and “pregnancy” and it was the first image that popped up?

    What the image made me think about was a couple of my friends who experienced body image issues while being pregnant. They were no longer “thin” and they didn’t feel fit and they really struggled not being in control of their own bodies.

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