Christmas has taken a terrible toll at the home of the beautiful.
BeautifulPeople.com, the dating and networking community with a strict ban on ugly people, has thrown out over 5,000 members from around the world who have put on too much fat during the festive season with the US, UK and Canada losing the most members.
The drastic measures took place after many members posted photos of themselves celebrating Christmas and the New Year - revealing that they have let themselves go. Vigilant members, who take pride in the standards demanded by the site, called for action.
Greg Hodge, managing director of BeautifulPeople.com, says: "We responded to complaints by moving the newly chubby members back to the rating stage. This is the same as having them re-apply.
"Their re-applications were reviewed by existing members and only a few hundred were voted back in. Over 5,000 were rejected."
Robert Hintze, founder of BeautifulPeople.com, said: "As a business, we mourn the loss of any member, but the fact remains that our members demand the high standard of beauty be upheld. Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded."
The countries with the most overweight people:
1. USA: 1,520
2. UK: 832
3. Canada: 533
4. Poland 510
5. Germany: 425
6. Italy: 402
7. France: 323
8. Denmark: 220
9. Turkey: 176
10. Russia: 88
Hodge continues: "Every year we see that some of our members from western cultures eat and drink to excess over the holidays and clearly their looks suffer. The USA has been grossly over-indulging since Thanksgiving - it's no wonder that so many members have been expelled from the network. We hope they will be back after shedding the festive pounds.
"In the UK and Canada, Christmas and the New Year are all about over-eating, over-drinking and watching TV on the sofa."
As ruthless as it may sound, BeautifulPeople.com has been kind in breaking the news to former members. Each has received an email encouraging them to re-apply when they are back looking their best, with details of recommended boot camps including Warrior Fitness in New York, Camp Technique Los Angeles, NuBeginnings in the UK and Mystic Adventures which operates throughout Europe.
Sadly, representatives from TG Daily were turned down well before Christmas as already being far too ugly.