Why can’t people like Adele lose weight without trolls having a go despite it being life-saving? – The Sun

A PRE-PANDEMIC survey warned that 13million British adults are now classed as obese – at a cost to the NHS of around £1billion a year.

Given that a UK report suggests two thirds of those who have fallen seriously ill with Covid-19 were either obese or seriously overweight, one wonders how many of those 13million are using these weeks of lockdown to make some life-saving changes that will not only benefit them but our over-stretched hospitals.

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After all, fast food restaurants have been closed and we all had much more time on our hands, so what better opportunity to rid ourselves of poor eating habits and get fit?

Better still, the likes of Joe Wicks and Mr Motivator are giving free, online fitness classes. All you need is a TV and the inclination.

But while many will have used this virtual house arrest to shake off some unhealthy old habits (smoking, sleeping tablets, etc), the reaction to Adele’s weight loss suggests that, for some, her transformation is a betrayal of everything fat activists hold dear.

Of the 200,000 largely positive comments about the star losing an incredible seven stone, some sniped that she looked “unhealthy” (she doesn’t) and questioned how she lost it — the inference being that she had succumbed to having a gastric band.

But as Pete Geracimo, her former personal trainer, points out: “It was never about getting super-skinny. It was about getting her healthy.”

Not least, one suspects, for the benefit of her seven-year-old son Angelo. He adds: “She embraced better eating habits and committed to her fitness and ‘is sweating!’ I could not be prouder or happier for her.”

Hear hear. Yet alarmingly, research out earlier this year found that millions of women hid their efforts to slim for fear of being mocked or labelled “anti-feminist”.

Saints preserve us. The truth, of course, is that if someone is deeply insecure about their own weight, they either pooh-pooh or, worse, lash out at the efforts of those who manage to transform their lifestyle via willpower and hard slog.

'Lousy eating habits'

Far easier to do that than take a look at our own bad habits and attempt to change them. True, there are plenty of people who look overweight but are physically fit.

And there are plenty of skinny malinkies who can’t run for a bus without needing oxygen. At the end of the day, being happy within yourself is not about how you look, but how you feel.

And if you feel that you are unfit thanks to lousy eating habits and lack of exercise, then you should be able to do something about it without being taken to task by those who don’t have the same self-discipline.

Particularly as last week’s research from the University of Liverpool found that obesity increased the risk of dying from coronavirus by 37 per cent. You can’t argue with that.

BOREDOM at Moore Towers has reached such a crisis point that, on Sunday, I linked my iPhone to our portable speaker, put the songs on Shuffle and said we had to endure enjoy whatever track came up.

At first there were plenty of goodies from Floyd, Bowie, Prefab Sprout and Talk Talk, but then Twinkle Twinkle Little Star popped up, followed by You Spin Me Round by . . . Alvin And The Chipmunks.

For the record, our youngest is now 16. It seems it’s not just the kitchen cupboards that need a clear-out.


BRINGING 66million people out of lockdown was never going to be easy.

But Boris’s much-trumpeted grand statement was a damp squib that’s left us as confused as Adam and Eve on Mother’s Day.

In a nutshell, four-year-olds will be able go to school with lots of kids they’re not related to but not see other kids in their family, we can go to work with colleagues but not have a chat with them in their garden, we can do unlimited exercise which we could have done anyway, if we go abroad we have to self-isolate for a fortnight . . . unless it’s France, and you can drive to other destinations but not too far, whatever that means.

As for “stay alert”, is that the same as Police 5 presenter Shaw Taylor’s old mantra of: “Keep ’em peeled?”

Except we could actually see someone coming at us with a crowbar.

A virus that can fit 48squillion times on to the head of a pin might prove harder to spot.


GIVEN that the use of face masks is being actively encouraged but not the professional ones needed by key workers, a number of DIY versions are being suggested.

Some involve an element of seamstress skills, but for those who want a quick and effective mask they can drum up with the minimum effort, this is my favourite.
Find a bandana or any other square of material and fold it in half, then half again.

Loop a child’s hair tie (a rubber band will work but not as well) over each end until it resembles a boiled sweet, then fold over the ends to meet in the middle (see pics, above).

Then simply place the wrong side against your face, loop the hair ties around your ears, and voila.

You’re welcome.


FASHION designer Freya Edmondson – daughter of Ab Fab star Jennifer Saunders and actor Ade Edmondson – has posted this photo of herself doing a “sumptuous, heart-opening backbend”, while writing on a notepad.

Freya, who teaches free online yoga courses, is just 29 and, therefore, wonderfully flexible.

As a former enthusiastic gymnast, it reminds me of my youth, when I would watch TV while doing the box splits – with my legs stretched out at right angles to my body.

With my 58th birthday looming this Sunday, if I attempted it now it would take four paramedics and a system of pulleys to get me on my feet again.


THE wife of former Manchester United star Angel di Maria has branded the city a “s***hole” and says she feared that the women there would kill her.

They will now.


ACADEMICS may lord it over the rest of us when it comes to quadratic equations, subatomic phenomena or the three components of the epidemiological triangle, but when it comes to common sense they are often found lacking.

Quite how “Professor Lockdown” (aka Neil Ferguson) thought he could preach to the rest of us about social distancing while inviting his mistress to his house is anyone’s guess, but he did, and now he’s rightly had to resign for hypocrisy if nothing else.

He says: “I accept I made an error . . . I thought I was immune.”

From Covid-19 . . . or criticism?


THE latest series of Killing Eve may have had a lukewarm reception from critics, but central character Villanelle’s fashion choices have been attracting a lot of attention.

One frock cost £1,500, another £1,400, and her red leather catsuit would set you back an eye-watering £1,942.

I know these are desperate times for all businesses, but since when have fashionistas been clamouring to get their clothes on the back of a psychotic murderer?

It gives a whole new meaning to “dressed to kill”.


HAIRDRESSERS are to stay closed until July 4 at the earliest.

Up to now I have been making do with the occasional fringe cut using a pair of nail scissors.

But given that my “style” (for want of a better word) is supposed to be choppy bob, and I now resemble Richard lll, it seems I will have to tackle the rest of it too.

Worse, The Bloke will have to do the back and, God forbid, baldly (no, that’s not a typo) go where no man has gone before.

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