Plus-size model blasts Cancer Research UK ads for ‘fat-shaming’ obese people and claims being overweight isn’t a ‘choice’ – but This Morning viewers say she’s in denial
- Chelle Bell said that you choose to smoke and not eating isn’t an option
- Vanessa said the adverts are just sharing information in a way that is accessible
- Twitter agreed with Vanessa, saying that Chelle is in denial about obesity
A plus size model appeared on This Morning to claim that the controversial CRUK obesity adverts are wrong and they’re fat shaming people.
She was debating the new campaign by Cancer Research UK – the series of adverts have obesity warnings on what looks like cigarette packets.
Chelle Bell, also a plus size body coach, from Crawley, said they have sensationalised the word obesity and linked it with smoking to shock people.
But journalist Vanessa Feltz said that the adverts are just sharing the information in a way that is accessible to people.
Most Twitter fans of the show agreed with Vanessa, saying that Chelle is in denial about obesity.
Journalist Vanessa Chelle Bell, a plus size body coach, debate new CRUK adverts on obesity
Most Twitter fans of the show agreed with Vanessa, saying that Chelle is in denial about obesity
Starting the debate Vanessa said: ‘I don’t care if it’s acceptable or okay, it’s a fact – it’s the information that everyone needs to know.
‘If being obese is a factor for four known cancers, and possible a further nine, then I’d like to know about it, I don’t want it fudged up in some phraseology that I may not understand – I want to know and then I can decide what to do about it.’
But Chelle said: ‘Cancer research is vital and its great that they’ve found these new links but I would ask that they represent them in a way which is factual.
‘What they have done is put the word obesity, which is sensationalist on an advert, that looks like a cigarette packet – directly linking putting a cigarette in your mouth and getting cancer and putting cake in your mouth because you’re fat.’
Chelle Bell, also a plus size body coach, from Crawley, said they have sensationalised the word obesity and linked it with smoking to shock people
Journalist Vanessa said that the adverts are just sharing the information in a way that is accessible to people
‘Smoking is different to eating, you choose to smoke, you don’t choose to eat, if you don’t eat you’ll die.’
This Morning fans on the show disagreed with the plus size body coach, with one saying: ‘Is this woman for real? eating cake is not required to survive’.
While another said: ‘This woman is in denial. Eating too much and the wrong things coupled with lack of exercise is the root cause.’
However one also sided with Chelle and said: ‘As an ex smoker, I agree with that lady. Smoking and food completely different #ThisMorning.’
Phillip Schofield, who was hosting the debate, said about the adverts: ‘Sometimes you’ve got to push it that bit further and make people think “oh my god”‘.
Vanessa argued that the adverts were a warning and said that if you are chronically obese your chances of getting cancer are increased
However Chelle said: ‘But walking down that high street and seeing those adverts are nine or 10 years old who may be thinking “if I get fat I may get cancer and die” – how does it teach them in that advert how to not become obese?’
Vanessa argued that the adverts were a warning: ‘It’s a flag – if you are chronically obese your chances of getting cancer are increased – I’ve spent my entire life battling with this.
‘There is no blue print to lose weight its very difficult to do but it’s a red flag – the advert is saying “don’t think just because you don’t smoke, you don’t drink that you’ll be fine”.’
Twitter debated the subject too, with some agreeing with Chelle, but most agreeing with Vanessa
Discussing body positivity and mixed body image messages Vanessa said: ‘The love your body message is so great and positive – whatever size you are its fabulous – but if there is evidence to suggest that obesity can increase your risk of cancer how can they not tell it like it is?
‘But do the messages sit comfortably together – of course they don’t.’
Phillip again cut in with: ‘The body positive message is great but the facts are that obesity costs the NHS £6bn a year.’
‘I want people to love who they are and the way you look should be irrelevant,’ Chelle said, ‘if you learn to love yourself and go out and happy in who you are more likely to get out there and move about.’
Vanessa (middle) argued that the adverts were not fat shaming while Chelle (right) said that it may shame you into putting yourself on a strict diet
However Phil argued: ‘You’ve got your head in the sand and you’re denying that all of these things exist – its much easier to say that you are happier with your body.’
But Chelle disagreed saying: ‘I’m currently working on a series of projects which encourage people to go and get into sport – I want to encourage a more active healthy society but we don’t do that by shaming people.’
Vanessa argued: ‘Its not fat shaming – you’d be armed with the information as an adult and you’d know what to do.’
But Chelle said that isn’t the reality: ‘Or you’d go home and bury your face into a gateaux and put yourself on to the strictest diet you can find.’
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