Posted by: Hil | November 3, 2009

Body Diversity in Media: Foodie Edition

I posted a few days ago about the incredible lack of body diversity on television.  I wanted to post a sort of appendix to that post cataloging one notable exception: food television.  Stations like the Food Network and PBS are among the few places where you can see attractively dressed women of a variety of shapes and sizes heading up their own shows.

The women pictured below are hosts, critics and chefs on popular, currently running food shows.  While these women are almost universally beautiful and charismatic (and most are white), they run the gamut from tall to short, fat to skinny, and everything in between.  Some of these women have stayed one weight consistently, while others have gained and lost over the course of time.  In short, they are a sampling of women who have pursued food as career and who are not hired or fired on the basis of their ability to fit into a size two dress.

Don’t these women look more like women you know in real life?  Refreshing, isn’t it?



  1. Yes, and ya know what, we hardly ever hear about their weight because they are busy doing other things.

  2. Sigh…the pessimist in me is saying that we don’t pay much attention to their weight because…c’mon! They have cooking shows! They cook and eat!

  3. i just came over from danielle’s blog, and i love that you brought up this topic. it is very refreshing to see so many women pictured that truly look real – not only in their bodies, but their clothing, their hair, the persona their photographs convey. they look like us, and it’s a nice thing to see. and like heather said, we know them because of what they do, not what they weigh – which is how it always should be.

  4. I love the Food Network for that very reason. I can relate to a lot of the women on their programming. Thanks for bringing this up. I was actually inspired by you to post a pic of Mia Michaels after an article I read.

  5. LOVE THIS. Thanks. I agree. They are REAL, and they seem to have really good relationships with food. It’s a wonderful thing.

  6. I agree, I think the Food Network does a really good job of showing body diversity.

  7. Thanks for posting this. I never would have thought of it in that way, but you are so right. It’s very refreshing and although they are technically paid to cook and eat, as Olga mentioned, it’s still nice to know that they aren’t judged by the industry or told to look a certain way or be at a certain weight just for TV.

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