Letter: Weighty issue

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The Independent Online
TO FEATURE a woman of 5ft 9in who weighs 11st 7lb in an article about 'fatness' ('We're happy to be the fat of the land', 21 November) only perpetuates the view that 'normal' (whatever that is) sized women are overweight.

Helen Nowicka should know that Simone Ive is not very overweight. Between 9st 8lb and 11st 2lb is the 'normal' range for women of this height.

As a 5ft 9in female reader who has put on weight this year since giving up smoking I am particularly sensitive to this issue. At 11st 7lb I felt healthy, 'normal sized' and fine - not obese - and was in fact a comfortable size 14]

Jill Smart