Fat chance!

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The Independent Online
Deanne Jade, founder of the National Centre of Eating Disorders, says "fears about size are primitive" and may be evident in five-year- olds ("Fattism...", Real Life, 17 August). Really? The former Kabaka of Uganda's many wives were chosen for their size - the fatter the better. Nepalese friends assure me that their men avoid a skinny wife, and in the East generally, curves are prized. Are Oriental and African children more sophisticated than Europeans and able to throw off their "primitive" fears more quickly?

Alison Linklater-Betley

Kirkwall, Orkney