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Kirstie Alley's 'Fat Actress' show upsets eating disorder group

UPI News Service, 03/10/2005 

The Seattle-based National Eating Disorders Association is not amused by Kirstie Alley's new TV series, "Fat Actress."

The group says Alley poking fun at her own weight problems may send the wrong message to people with eating disorders, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. The show premiered Monday on Showtime.

"That's not funny. She's eating a cigarette so she can clear her stomach -- it's appalling. I'm meeting people who lost their children to eating disorders. There's nothing funny about eating disorders. There's just no punch line," said Lynn Grefe, the head of the group.

Showtime maintains the show is in no way intended to ridicule eating disorders and is "a fictitious program loosely based on Kirstie Alley's experiences."

Grefe says her association is getting calls and E-mails complaining about the show.

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