Arguably the biggest star in the world, you might expect that, on googling Adele, the most searched for terms would relate to how much she earns. But although to some, the term ‘biggest’ may indeed relate to the size of her celebrity persona, to the majority, it is the actual size of her which is of interest. And that’s why on googling ‘how much does ad …” the top auto-completed response is ‘how much does adele weigh’.
Emerging on to the musical scene a mere six years ago, her breathtaking voice took the world by storm. But although we were stunned by her raw talent, it was perhaps the fact that a ‘normal’, ‘curvy’ girl could become so famous, so quickly, that truly impressed us. And now, unjustly, it is still the size of her body as opposed to her voice that precedes her reputation.
That’s why the fact that she reportedly ‘wants to drop two dress sizes in time for summer’ has hit the headlines once again this week.
I’m now going to say something which may come out as unfair, but my intentions, I promise, are honourable: Adele is not merely a ‘curvy’ girl. The fact that, coupled with her smoking habit ditch, she is trying to improve her lifestyle, is to be commended.
So why is the spin so judgmental? One article, in its stand first, even followed the ‘news’ with “despite saying she wouldn’t lose weight.”
And it’s not just the media that is conforming excessively to the extremities of ‘political correctness gone mad’, in which we are so careful not to promote anorexia and the like that even those who could do with losing a little weight are viewed unfavourably. “It’s no wonder she’s bowed to pressure”, “no wonder there’s a lot of girls/boys suffering with eating disorders. No one is accepted curvy”; “one of the reasons she’s so popular is her weight”, all comments posted underneath one of the said articles.
Criticise me all you like, but losing a little bit, and I repeat, a little bit of weight, is not going to make Adele dangerously skinny with an eating disorder.
Unfortunately, but rather tellingly, it is endemic of a society which justifies unhealthy lifestyles to rid itself of blame, and that is our society and explains exactly why Britain is overweight. Having an international star who was home grown in our neck of the woods as a ‘role model’ for being overweight was the perfect excuse to carry on as we were as it perpetuated that our lifestyles are just fine. But they’re not.
You don’t need to search far for news on the ‘obesity crisis’ these days, with new reports being released daily. And this week was no different; “NHS obesity crisis – Plymouth forced to expand fat clinics to cope”; “One in five Southend children obese by the time they reach 11”, just two examples.
Adele losing weight is a good thing, and the fact that she’s so famous is to be to our advantage, not disadvantage. At some point, like her, we have to take responsibility for ourselves and start losing weight. And the longer we are assuaged – either by celebrities or the government seemingly rewarding the obese with benefits, the longer we are merely being fooled that all is well. If it’s good enough for Adele, it’s good enough for us too - she is someone like us, after all.