Diet Duchess Leaves Sour Taste
Lecturing poor on diet a sicking symptom of TV's feast on self-respect
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted May 23, 2008 4:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Watching Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson lecture some of Britain’s poorest—and hungriest—on the virtues of healthy eating on the UK show "The Duchess of Hull" may turn stomachs, but it's just the latest offering from a lengthy menu of a la carte snobbery perpetuated by today’s TV food and makeover shows, argues Rob Lyons in his Spiked column.

Though Lyons writes that British Royal-turned-WeightWatchers-spokesperson “Fergie” deserves much contempt for climbing out of her New York penthouse just long enough to wax poetic on health and lifestyle to the masses, the larger villain, he says, is the television genre’s insatiable appetite for the self-respect of others.