Peaches, The Sun, The Daily Wail… and being a stick-pin

Peaches - gangsterPeaches Geldof is once again the victim, in my opinion, of The Sun, and the Daily Mail’s ‘don’t give shite as long as it sells papers’ standard of journalism that we see so frequently in newspaper headlines today.

This girl had a tragic life, her parents were in a bitter divorce when she was seven and when she reached eleven her mother died of a drugs overdose.  

Peaches wrote an article for Mother and Baby which was posted on the 8th April with the bless of her family…and it is heartbreaking to read… to think this young woman is now dead at the young age of 25 is hard to comprehend. Her concluding sentence was:

Right now life is good. And being a mum is the best part of it.

The Daily Mail in today’s article, quotes an interview with Peaches from 2011 at a Film Premiere where Peaches said:

‘I had cholesterol and the doctors said stop eating s***. So I did. If you stop eating pizza and chips you then don’t look like you used to.’

‘Do I really look that thin? Let’s be honest. How did I do it? I just stopped eating McDonald’s and f****** s*** every day.

‘I used to eat s*** every single day. I used to wake up with my boyfriend and eat crap. I had the heart of a 90-year-old gangster.’

Peaches in order to lose weight openly admitted that she did juicing, she said:

“I do juicing. You juice vegetables and then you drink it three times a day. It’s gross. I do it usually for about a month,”

“I have no willpower but with the juicing I’m like, ‘I have to do it because I have to lose this extra 10 pounds.”

“I will lose it then I’m back going mental for the chips. I’ll juice and then I eat chips.”

Now that is sad, the girl did have an eating disorder, it is clearly evident from that statement.  But what right does the Sun have to print headlines like they did today.

Kent Police issued a statement only yesterday about the autopsy carried out on Peaches’s body… they said:

A post-mortem examination held on Wednesday 9 April following the death of Peaches Geldof has proved inconclusive pending the result of toxicology analysis.

Officers were called to the 25-year-old’s home in Fairseat Lane, Wrotham, at 1.35pm on Monday, 7 April 2014. Peaches was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is being treated as a non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death.

Officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death in order to compile a report for the coroner.

The result of a toxicology report can take several weeks.

Now if Peaches did have a heart of  90 year old and died of a cardiac arrest, then surely if that was the cause of death it would have been recorded by the medical examiner who carried out the autopsy, wouldn’t it?  Wouldn’t the results of an autopsy show that she had a bad heart and that was the cause of death?

But it wasn’t… the reports are inconclusive.  Whether the pending toxicology reports will show electrolyte abnormalities due to her being on a ‘juicing’ diet or not is yet to be determined.

All this speculating is doing nothing to help a family to come to terms with what has happened.  Peaches Geldof is dead… she can’t read what is being said about her, but her father, sisters, husband and in the future, her sons, can.  Why do papers have to dredge up and speculate on how someone has died? Or what may have caused her death?  Why can’t they just wait until all reports are through and the exact cause of death is determined?

The police have clearly said, they are awaiting toxicology reports, which can take weeks, once they are available and the inquest has started then and only then should this young woman’s cause of death be exposed.

Now if the papers want to save another life, perhaps they should concentrate on educating their readers about the pitfalls of these fad diets, not dredging up Peaches Geldof’s eating habits and interviews from nearly 3 years ago.

You can diet, eat healthy and not put strain on your organs.  You can achieve the desired results, with good nutrition.  You can’t achieve it be FAD diets… diets designed to make you lose weight rapidly.  All you are doing is putting strain on your body.

Perhaps if models, who walked down the catwalks, had some flesh on their bones and looked like the average woman in the street and there was not this fixation that being a stick-pin is the best way of looking good, then we might see a change in our attitudes to people who are curvy and we might stop putting this pressure on celebrities, young people and even adults, to remain a stick-pin.

When papers write about an actress, or a news reader, or the children of a celebrity and they mention how they have piled on the pounds… then in my opinion they are adding to that persons anguish…and fear of what the papers say… which then starts that particular celebrity to go on one of these diets that causes rapid weight-loss.  Then the cycle of an eating disorder begins.

A person’s warmth, love, personality and character are within… and not from the size of their tiny waistline.

And with headlines likes these from the Daily Mail, about thin legs, toned abs etc… no wonder girls nowadays are resorting to diets that are unhealthy and possibly dying because of these diets.

The truth is the tabloids put these stars on a pedestal and are very quick off the mark to knock them back off again.  How long will be be before the tabloids start printing that Amy Childs has gained a few pounds, or how Kelly Osbourne is now looking overweight in front of the camera?

And how many more young girls will die because they have gone on some diet or another because they think they are fat?


3 Comments Add yours

  1. brandinkay says:

    Hello Bren,
    Did you know her, personally?


    1. Bren says:

      No I didn’t know Peaches at all, other than what has been repeated by the media… but all the interviews I have watched, showed her to be a pleasant, sincere, funny and witty person. Such a beautiful girl and gone too soon. It is all this speculation that drives me nuts… let the authorities do what they have to do, before speculating about how the poor girl died.


      1. brandinkay says:

        I agree completely. “Celebrities” have no privacy whatsoever. The ‘officials’ handling her case and others like hers should have gag orders in place.


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