Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Let's stop the mean X Factor tweets

Katie Bulmer-Cooke
Katie Bulmer-Cooke
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Oh my goodness, I feel like winter has firmly slapped me in the face! It’s dark and freezing, but every cloud has a silver lining, and a change in season brings some great events to life in our city.

Last week I finally went to the Sunderland Illuminations at Roker Park, with my husband Simon and daughter Heidi.



The night started well, with me haggling a £5 flashing butterfly toy down to £3! I love a bargain... maybe that’s how I’ve earned the nickname Budget Bulmer over the years!

I have to hand it to the team behind this event, it was a definite improvement on last year, mostly down to the new one-way system.

This year it didn’t feel overcrowded, we weren’t bumping into people and I felt we left knowing we’d seen everything and not missed any of the attractions. It was really well organised and tons of fun too... I’ll 100% be back next year.

I did an interview, last week, for a magazine and was asked what my New Year’s Resolution is going to be. Are we already looking ahead to 2016? My reply as always was that I won’t be making one! When it comes to being fitter, healthier and in good shape, I firmly believe it should be a priority all year round not just a flash-in-the-pan fad.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand it’s tougher in the winter with the comfort food cravings and the sofa calling your name, making it tougher to drag yourself to the gym but we’ve still got to make the effort.

Sadly, the harsh truth is, that if we don’t make an effort to continue our healthy habits in the winter, especially in the run up to Christmas, then boy are we going to have some major work to do when January hits.

Did you know the average Brit gains eight pounds over the festive season alone! Now I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to be faced with the task of tackling that extra body fat in January

There are plenty of activities, facilities and opportunities in Sunderland to help you get fit, stay fit and get fitter, so no excuses team Sunderland.

I love this time of year for many reasons, one of those being X-Factor, and the new format has been a real hit with me, I just wish they’d stop taking so many ad breaks.

Every week, while I’m watching the show, I have a little scroll through Twitter to read other people’s comments and opinions about the show and I’m always shocked to see that it isn’t just the singing that’s being judged, it is the appearance of the contestants too. And it doesn’t stop there, not only are those auditioning being judged from every angle, so are the judges.

There is everything from ‘Cheryl is too skinny’ to ‘Rita looks hideous in that dress.’ For goodness sake, when are we going to quit it with this judgemental and rude commentary?

So what if Cheryl is really thin and so what if someone else is really curvy, maybe they are happy the way they are. That’s okay and it certainly isn’t anyone else’s business!

Health comes in lots of shapes, sizes and weights and we all have different genetics, and it’s about time we were all left to be the happiest, healthiest version of ourselves that we can be without someone else ‘body shaming’ us.

By the way, I don’t know who came up with the phrase ‘body shaming’ but I think it’s pants and it’s just a more acceptable way of saying one person is being a meanie to another person.

So stop being mean.

Be the happiest and healthiest YOU can be. Stop judging others and in the process judging yourself against others... it’s cool to be YOU!

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Tweet me @KatieBulmer1.