Fat celebrities are sending a dangerous health message, warns British expert.
Michael McMahon from the Nuffield Health, Britainâ€™s group of private hospitals, claims that "fat TV stars are seen as role models, helping to make being overweight acceptable."
He says "it is akin to the dangers of skinny media images and anorexia."
"We talk about the dangers of skinny media images, but the problem actually swings both ways."
A recent survey in Britain revealed that "many obese people are apathetic about their weight gain." Most of them "fail to even recognize they have a problem at all."
Although he does not say that "obese celebrities have been in any sense responsible for the obesity epidemic that exists today," Michael McMahon says "the increased acceptance of obesity is alarming."
The proportion of Britons who are obese has doubled since 1999, from 11% to 23%.