Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Heat Magazine...

Today I sent this email to the Editor of Heat Magazine:

"Dear Lucie Cave,

I'm emailing you in regards to a few recent articles that have been published in Heat magazine and on the Heat website.

I have been a reader of Heat for several years now and was originally drawn to it because of its individuality, creativity and humour. Heat stood out from other women's magazines as it was not body obsessed and focused on entertaining celebrity articles instead.

Myself and friends, including Louise Jones who has worked for you in the past, were disgusted to read an article in issue 668 about Heidi Range and her weightloss. The article said she was ecstatic to be size 6 again and never wants to be size 10 again as its too curvaceous.

Personally this disgusted me as to claim that size 6 is the ideal figure is unhealthy and an awful message to send to young women. Discussions began on twitter with many users shocked that Heat would allow something like this to be posted in their magazine and online.

Another article that sparked upset on twitter was tweeted by the Heat account last night, claiming how happy Jennifer Lawernece was to have lost weight and how much better she feels for it.

Heat is promoting extreme weightloss to young women who already feel vulnerable in modern society. I began purchasing Heat as I felt it combated this problem instead of fuelling it.

I am really disappointed to have found articles like this in Heat. Women should be made to feel great no matter what shape or size they are, and many people are now feeling not good enough or the wrong size.

I hope you can understand where I am coming from as I wanted to voice the opinions made by myself and many of my friends on twitter.

Thank you for responding to our tweets and for taking the time to read this email.

Ellie Steadman"

I have yet to receive a reply and doubt I will do as one voice is not loud enough for them to listen too.

^ The online link to the article.
The article in issue 668 of Heat .

Personally this has upset me as magazines should not publish articles like this when their words could easily damage the opinions of so many young women or teenagers.

I am very uncomfortable in my own skin and struggle with weight.
I am a size 10/12 and now feel like that is too big for today's fashionable society.

May just be me, but I would love to know what others would think.

The more people that complain to Heat, the higher the chance of them listening!

Thoughts please?
Much love


  1. Good on you! It's about time women started fighting back against all this size zero rubbish, I'm a size 10/12 after having my son and I find it really hard not to feel fat which is crazy! Keep up the good work! :) x


    1. I never got a reply and still want more people to read the post, but at least the word is starting too spread :)
      Do not like being told that a certain figure is the perfect ideal xx

  2. this was really great to read! let us know if you get a reply back from them! <3


  3. massive respect for you! xx

  4. Good on you for writing this email - I get so wound up by this as well! I'm 5ft3 and a size 8-10 and I still look too thin, and the size6 aspiration is disgusting. I was a size 6 when I was 5ft and 14 and looked skeletal!GAh x

    1. There's no such thing as a perfect shape or size. They need to stop saying women are more beautiful the less they weigh! Xx

  5. I read heat a lot and usually they are all about curvy girls, im really shocked by this and well done for writing this lettter, i hope they have the decency to reply x

    1. As expected they never replied! I know it was Heidi Range saying this but heat shouldn't support it or at least say they disagree. It is upsetting!xx

  6. I am a size 12-14 and I admit that is quite big for someone my age(14)but articles like the ones you mentioned make me want to cry, I am insecure as it is and I don't tell anyone my size, not even my family, I found it hard to type it just then. These articles are unnecasary and shouldn't be allowed to be published!

    1. it is horrible to read things like this, they should not publish things condoning weight loss like that!x

  7. Well done for speaking up with such a well written letter. I have always seen Heat as a publication that celebrates all shapes and sizes (celebs without makeup, praising 'curviness' etc) so I am dissappointed to see this.

    1. Me too, I had forgotten about this and it has just reminded me of the affect magazines can have on the readers!xx


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