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Dr Alex George ‘horrified’ at LBC star Steve Allen body-shaming Tilly Ramsay


Dr Alex, 30, said in his letter a “discussion about a young person’s weight live on air is not acceptable”.

“I am absolutely horrified by these remarks,” he wrote in a letter which he later shared on Instagram. “It is widely recognised just how damaging such comments about someone’s weight are and the effect they can have on an individual’s mental health. We must not only think of the effect on Tilly here, which I can imagine could be significant, but also the potential impact to listeners of the show.

“I am sure LBC, and [umbrella company] Global as a whole, do not condone such comments. We are currently seeing a rise in the prevalence of eating disorders, with up to 3.4million people in the UK currently being affected. We must not underestimate the impact such remarks can have, feeding into the perpetual cycle of weight stigma that stills exists here in the UK.”

Dr Alex concluded: “The reiterate, the discussion highlighted above about a young person’s weight live on air is not acceptable.”

Ms Ramsay, the daughter of television cook Gordon Ramsay, was quick to thank Dr Alex for his support. She wrote: “Thank you Alex for your support and kindness.”

Allen made the series of cruel remarks about Ms Ramsay after a listener informed him the rising star is taking part in Celebrity MasterChef Australia.

At the time, Mr Allen said: “Is she? Well, she can’t blimming well dance, I’m bored with her already.

“She’s a chubby little thing, isn’t she? Have you noticed? Probably her dad’s cooking, I should imagine.”

Tilly and dance partner Nikita Kuzmin

/ PA

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