She voiced her concerns over celebrity-inspired eating fads such as being dairy-free or forms of ‘clean-eating’, saying that many youths were risking the health of their bones.
Pointing out the importance of calcium in the diet she told the Daily Mail: “It is this ridiculous dieting, cutting out dairy and all the things that are good for your bones. These girls see ‘Skinny Lizzies’ in a magazine and they all want to be thin. It’s about social media too.”
She added: “We need to find a way of educating children that they need to take care of their bodies now instead of aspiring to look like someone they see in a picture of they want to protect themselves from old age.”
The Duchess’s visit also marked the ROS’s launch of the world’s first Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy, which will bring together leading clinicians and academics in the field to drive the research to find a cure for the crippling disease.
The ROS warned that more than two million people over 50 in the UK could have undiagnosed spinal fractures.
Claire Severgnini, the charity’s chief executive, said: “If one of your parents lost height as they got older, then it could be a sign of osteoporosis, which means you’ve got a greater chance of getting it as well.