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Dahl rounds on 'stick-thin starlets' in new cookbook.

Byline: Jessica Best

ONE of Britain's top models has criticised the influence of the catwalk's "stick-thin starlets" on the nation's young women.

Sophie Dahl warned "starving is not sexy" and said her struggle with her own weight had led her to believe moderation is the key to a healthy-looking figure.

The grand-daughter of Cardiff-born children's author Roald Dahl became known for her size 14 figure when she first came to prominence in the early '90s, but alarmed many with her dramatic weight loss in recent years, before returning to a fuller figure.

In the introduction to her new cookbook Voluptuous

Delights, the 31-year-old, the daughter of Roald Dahl's second child Tessa, said: "Starving is not sexy. It's bleeding gums, acrid breath, brittle bones, osteoporosis, infertility and complication. It saps and withers.

"Please don't be swayed or thwarted by some glossy fictional food diary that a stick-thin starlet swears she lives by." Miss Dahl, who is engaged to jazz singer Jamie Cullum, went on to describe how difficult she found it to stay away from certain food types and that her dramatic drop in dress size was down to a loss of baby fat and the heartbreak of a relationship break-up.

"To everything there is a season," she said. "From 17 to 21, mine was the season of chocolate cake. I didn't know how to eat within the boundaries of reason; instead I learned through trial and error.

"My unsure baby fat slunk away slowly one year. Its departure left me to my adult self and the slow joy I get from food and cooking is something I cannot imagine being without.

"What I do believe in is moderation and balance because both have served me well."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 27, 2009
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