I used to be a skinny mummy, which would not have been a problem if I'd be healthy. There's nothing wrong with being naturally thin, but my thinness was not natural or healthy. Now I'm 'normal' and healthy and life is so much better. There is nothing better than becoming a mother to make you put your life in perspective and work out what is important and what is not. Being a positive role model to an influential daughter was important, being thin was not. So life has changed, and thank goodness it has.
So it saddens me to see mothers like Victoria Beckham, and the other too-thin celebrities out there, paying such close attention to what they eat and how they look. Size really is not everything. I lost so many years in pursuit of thinness and it's sad to see them wasting their time too, quite literally. Life is just too short.
It isn't fun being hungry and underweight, and it's actually far from attractive. If it doesn't ruin your health and your looks now, then it will in the end.
Children need healthy role models who have a normal relationships with food. They don't need to see that mummy doesn't eat very much because it's important to be thin. Children copy us, they do as we do, not as we say. If I don't eat a healthy balanced diet, I can't expect my six-year-old too. I've learnt that from experience.
Surely these days we are worth more than are our physical appearance? We work, we run homes, we are driven and ambitious, and we have a voice. We don't need to appear thin and helpless to serve a purpose in life.
Come on girls, eat up! Life is for living, don't waste it!