Our expert says:
Oh dear. While I can fully understand the demands of work, I still think it is a disaster that when your present BMI is already so low at 18, that you now have to lose even more weight for this role. Basically you will have to cut down on all your food intake (what a horror) and especially fats (37 kJ per gram). Cutting down on carbs (16 kJ per gram) will make you exhausted and cutting down on protein (17 kJ per gram) will make your body lose lean muscle tissue which can be most destructive. Use low-fat shakes for 2 meals a day, to reduce your energy intake (I can’t believe that I am telling a Reader to do something like this!) and prevent deficiencies by taking Centrum or Supradyn Forte and a calcium supplement like Caltrate or MenaCal.7.
I wish you could refuse this role, but I suppose work in the arts is scarce to come by and you will don't have much choice. Make quite sure that you don't lose too much weight because it will have a very negative effect on your health and metabolism. Starvation leads to loss of normal menstruation, deficiency diseases, brittle bones, lack of energy, anaemia, exhaustion, etc. Tell the producer you are already close to anorexic and they need to use makeup to get the point across! And challenge him or her to lose the same amount of weight as you do!
Holding thumbs for you - keep in mind, that no role is worth your health and vigour.
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