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You may have noticed that the Daily Mail seems to have developed a bit of an obsession recently with Miss England’s first ever size 16 finalist. Chloe Marshall has been praised in lavishly patronising drivel full of godawful cliches about “real women” and “role models” and of course liberal use of the word “curvy” as a euphemism for “fat”. “You don’t have to be a size zero to be beautiful” – oh, thank you Daily Mail, now I have permission to eat something other than celery! But it was only a matter of time before the plus-size princess was stripped of her tiara:

At 5ft 10in, Chloe should have a body mass index, or BMI, (indicating her levels of fat) of 20. Hers is 26.03.

Chloe’s BMI puts her as undeniably overweight.

Our doctors’ surgeries are full of people whose problems are caused by their weight.

Devastating conditions – from Type 2 diabetes to heart problems and many cancers – are caused or exacerbated by obesity.

And if Chloe is so overweight at barely 17, one shudders to imagine just how fat she will be a few years down the line.

Bollocks. Absolute, unmitigated bollocks. Chloe’s BMI, at any height, should ideally be somewhere between 20 and 25. 26.03 is slightly overweight, but not exactly pushing into gastric bypass territory. Furthermore, since she appears to have little fat around her middle, I would bet that she’s not unhealthy at all. She might benefit from losing a few pounds, but she’s not exactly a poster girl for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Chloe may be a little on the chubby side, but she is surely no more overweight than many of her fellow finalists are underweight. Where’s the hysteria about them?