Model, 26, who lost eight stones to be crowned Miss GB says it is NOT “fat ashamed” to call being overweight “obese” and that “people are too easily offended these days”.
- Jen Atkin, 26, previously weighed 18th place before deciding to burn those calories.
- But she is appalled that the very sentences that spurred her on are prohibited
- The British Psychology Society says “live with obesity” not “you are obese”.
- Anorexia Charity warns that “burning those calories” is “triggering” for the vulnerable
A model who lost eight stones to be crowned Miss GB said it wasn’t “fat ashamed” to describe the overweight and criticized people as “too easily offended”.
Jen Atkin previously weighed 18 stones before choosing to heed news like “Burn Those Calories”.
But the 26-year-old has revealed her horror that the very language that spurred her on was discouraged by the British Psychological Society, which argued that we should say that someone “lives with obesity” rather than being obese.
Ms. Atkin said “hidden terms” like “burn last night’s pizza” would only make the UK fat crisis worse – nearly two-thirds of UK adults are obese.
Jen Atkin, 26, from Ulceby (pictured), who dropped eight stones in two years after a lifestyle change, was crowned Miss Great Britain
Jen (previously pictured) saw her weight climb to 17th place on a take-away diet before devising a regimen of healthy eating and regular exercise at the gym
The 26-year-old (pictured) previously won Miss Scunthorpe and was runner-up in Miss England in 2018
The Grimsby model told the BBC, “I think it will encourage people to eat more calories and not keep track of what they are eating and therefore become overweight or obese. It’s just a matter of avoiding the problem entirely.
‘Trust me. I’ve been fat embarrassed in the past and that’s not a fat shame. ‘She added. “Calories are in food and we need calories to survive. We need to educate people about healthy living.”
But Belinda Barnett of the Anorexia and Bulimia Care charity disagreed, saying that terms like “burn those calories” are “triggers” for people with eating disorders.
“A language like ‘burn those calories’ suggests that we need some kind of compensation for the calories we eat, and I think that can lead to guilt and shame while eating,” she said.
Ms. Atkin, an aviation administrator, endeavored to promote a healthy lifestyle after her remarkable weight loss that occurred over a period of two years, which also included regular visits to the gym.
Jen decided to give the UK’s longest running pageant another shot after her name was revealed (Image: front left and right in 2019)
Jen (pictured before), who is also a country singer, said she felt “incredible” to have been crowned the 75th Miss Great Britain
Jen (pictured) maintains her weight loss by eating high-protein foods and fruits, plus exercising five days a week
Jen (pictured) was inspired to revise her lifestyle after the breakdown of their first serious relationship, fearing she wouldn’t meet anyone
Following her weight loss, Ms. Atkin was named Miss Scunthorpe before competing for the Miss England title in 2018, where she finished first in second place.
After their marriage, she briefly withdrew from participating in competitions but decided to try again after her name was given for Great Britain.
She was named the 75th Miss Great Britain in March after a hurricane a few years.
The 26-year-old was originally inspired to lose weight after their first serious relationship collapsed because she feared she wouldn’t meet anyone.
Jen (pictured) was selected as Miss Great Britain, with judges on the jury including Miss Great Britain 2018/19 Kobi-Jean Cole and pageant historian Sally-Ann Fawcett
The aviation administrator (pictured above) fought for the Miss Great Britain title at Athena in Leicester, which attracted over 400 guests
Jen (pictured below), who was the heaviest wearing a UK 22 size, was following her workout on YouTube in addition to eating healthy foods
Ms. Atkin tried to fit into her clothes, regularly went for walks and spent hours in the gym.
While her friends were preoccupied with their own relationships and children, she spent time studying food packaging to help make healthier choices.
She is also a country singer and released her first single in 2018 on the MHMG record label and peaked at number two on the national ReverbNation charts.
Her twin brother Sam Atkin is an international athlete who competed for Great Britain in the 3,000m European Indoor Championships last year.