Ladies (and gentlemen) sometimes you really should eat that chocolate dessert. Consider the alternative. Sarah Jessica Parker is said to spend hours in the gym every day in pursuit of eternal youth.

Well, she may have secured a slinky physique but the trade off seems to be sinewy, bony legs and excessively veiny hands.

There wasn't an ounce of body fat to be seen on the 45-year-old 'Sex and The City 2' actress as she showed off her extremely lean legs and veiny hands while leaving her car in New York yesterday.

But this kind of single minded dedication to slimness, at any age, can start to get creepy fast. What sort of message does it send to women (and men, frankly)?

We're all for looking after your body but at what point does that become the end in itself?