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Kate Middleton Versus Pippa: Who is the more beautiful sister?

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Second Sibling Syndrome Strikes Again!

Both beautiful girls, the youngest does show signs of (relative) maternal nutrient deprivation.

Just one year apart, these two highly attractive women could almost pass for twins. Still, the younger, Pippa, lacks the powerful dynamic symmetry of the elder Kate whose face features many elements now seen more often in older siblings of closely spaced children: broader forehead, higher cheekbones, wider jaw, and stronger chin (in comparison to her still very pretty younger sister). Pippa does benefit from the “more experienced uterus” phenomena, and has a slightly more feminized lower jaw. For more examples of Second Sibling Syndrome, click over to the celebrity album.

These minor changes can have major health consequences. I recently met a couple of close-spaced sisters in their early 70s. The older one was medication free, and the younger, while still very healthy, was on several prescriptions and since she had been born with a slight twist to her spine (scoliosis), she was dealing with a lot more pain than her healthier elder.

I publish this today not to make anyone feel bad about past decisions. Planning a baby’s health is not something with which our modern culture takes any interest (where’s the profit in that?) Rather, I want to point out that if the mother of a future queen can’t manage to get enough nutrients to refortify her body between babies in such a short time, it’s highly unlikely a busy working mom will do any better.

Please, ladies, don’t let the idea of a ticking biological clock scare you into rapid-fire pregnancies! A better diet makes your hormonal system work so much better, which means you can, in essence, slow that clock down.

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17 Comments

Rebekah

April 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Think it’s reversed in my family. I’m the oldest and though I have a strong-looking jaw I have TMJ and crowded teeth which my younger twin sisters do not have. I’m 5’4″, have scoliosis, hormone imbalances, gluten allergies, and very poor vision. My twin sisters are 5’6″ and 5’7″ and have none of those issues. Although they did have asthma when they were little and they have more allergies to things like pollen or hay and they get cavities kind of easily while I have no cavities or fillings (but I did in a few baby teeth). We all have broad foreheads and high cheekbones and we were all breastfed 17-18 months. I eat a LOT healthier than they do because that’s what I have to do to stay feeling good. If I’m eating healthy I rarely get sick or anything, so I guess I can’t complain too much, but they can just tolerate a lot more than I can because they don’t have all the issues I do.

Dani

December 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I can’t decide. I think both are incredibly good looking.

Kate

September 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Kate’s face is asymmetrical, clumpy and nutcracker looking, with that strange top lip and protruding jaw. People would say anything, she is no beauty. Pippa is much more feminine and those cutsie eyes. She looks older than her age though and the fake tan doesn’t help that. She is ‘prettier’ by far. But neither are Great Beauties. Kate is no Grace Kelly. I see lots of beautiful, tall dark haired girls who are much better looking around town. You wouldn’t notice those Middleton ones in the middle of those girls. Also Kate is NOT 5’10”, if she was she would be nearer William’s height in those high, high shoes. She also would have been nearer Michelle Obama’s height instead of much smaller, Michelle was wearing hardly any heel and though she is 5’11”, she was quite a bit taller than Kate who was wearing much higher shoes.

Nutrition is very important, but you can put yourself through the strictest regemes during pregnancy and give birth to…..a Picky Eater who can undo in the formative years on earth all the good you’ve done.

laurcran

March 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Seriously? HOW is Pippa prettier? HOW?

Dr. Cate

January 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Karen
Toot away, you’ve worked hard to ‘grow’ those children. And I’ll toot my own horn, too–Chapter Four of Deep Nutrition is entitled A Mother’s Wisdom: Letting Your Body Grow a Perfect Baby. It describes the non-physical aspects of second sibling syndrome as well as the more visible. And the answer is no, nobody is doomed. But–and this is very important–you want to read also chapter 9 regarding total carb intake because most people, even those doing gluten free, still get far too many carbs (whole grains, fruits) and that can dramatical impair immune function for reasons we illustrate.

Karen Joy

January 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Possibly tooting my own horn here, and of course I’m biased, but I have five gloriously beautiful children, three boys first, then two girls. We get remarks very often about “growing” gorgeous children. All of them are lovely. I’m a second-born (first daughter) of a first-born mother. My husband is the firstborn of his family. My own family, on both sides, have forever been healthy eaters, even when it wasn’t “cool” in the 50s and 60s where everything processed, “scientific”, and Space Age, food included, were all the rage. Both my parents were raised on a farm, and both sets of grandparents farmed & ate naturally, even organically, before such a thing existed. I have great genes of long standing, for optimizing health. Both my husband and I are tall and in very good health, me in my late 30s and he in his mid-40s, though I have celiac disease. He is in exceptionally good health & physical condition for a 45yo man, and if it was’t for CD, I’d be in near-perfect health.

However, something I have noticed is this: My oldest son is neurotypical with no known health problems. My second son has high functioning autism, though he is the most hale and hearty of my children. My third son has celiac disease, allergic to dairy, anaphylactic to peanuts, and had even more allergies as a younger child. He also has mild learning disabilities. My 4th child, a daughter, is absolutely beautiful, but she has celiac disease, though she is smart as a whip. My 5th child is only 3yo, and has had health problems for her entire life, even while I was breastfeeding her. Her health problems are on the serious side, and are mysterious, and so far, not unraveled by doctors, though a recent discovery of systemic Candidiasis might possibly be to blame for virtually all her health troubles.

I guess my point/question is this: Have you seen families who physically don’t have a “second sibling” syndrome, but do have increasingly ill health? Crazy as it may sound, my husband and I would like a 6th child (me, more than him!), but we are concerned with the health of that child. We seem to have joined together to create the perfect storm of autoimmune health problems. There are autoimmune disorders on both my husband’s and my side, which we did not discover until fairly recently. Now, we wonder if the health of our baby #5 is so poor, does that automatically mean #6 is doomed? I guess I’m not expecting you to answer this exactly, but I have never seen these topics broached elsewhere.

Dr. Cate

January 9, 2012 at 10:18 am

TokyoMum
Sounds like your mom had some great genes if she was able to have 5 kids w/ perfect teeth. That’s very rare these days!

TokyoMum

January 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Hello, I visited your site through Jaminet’s Around the Web link. Just to share…. Since reading Weston A. Price, I have been comparing myself with my 4 sisters and 2 brothers, and now reading your post here, made me revisit that comparison again. My mother was 35 when she gave birth to me, after her last birth of my brother, 6 years before me. I am the only one among my 6 siblings who have a crooked tooth. They all have perfect straight evenly spaced teeth. I wonder why, and I assumed that perhaps my diet as a child wasn’t nutrient densed enough, OR, my mother’s nutritional status wasn’t at optimal level enough for a 6th child, after bearing 5 kids , therefore the crooked tooth was already predetermined by that low nutritional status. Or both.

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January 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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Dr. Cate

January 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

That’s really interesting about the youthfulness. I thought you might say Kate’s larger chin makes her a little too masculine, which can make her ‘bossy’ looking. I probably only thought you’d think that because that’s what I think.
Thanks for your insights. Now let’s wait 60 years and see if Pippa still looks younger.

EmilyKate

January 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

Hi Dr Cate, yes I should have elaborated! I agree with Luke that Pippa is CUTE. Perhaps this is a personal preference to me, to find cuteness more attractive. She has ‘laughing eyes’ and a cheekier smile, could it be she has a slight overbite that causes this cheeky look… I also feel like her features are somehow a bit more unusual- I am trying to put my finger on it! Obviously the girls have both the same parents but if I didn’t know they were sisters and you told me Pippa had some long-ago pacific Islander ancestry I’d believe it. Pippa’s nose is cuter- well, this is really being overly finicky about a gorgeous girl, but Kate’s nose seems more bulbous at the tip. They both have lovely slender figures but Pippa seems to have a lean, rounded-muscle look to her limbs that Kate does not (although like many brides it seems Kate lost a bit of weight due to nerves). I think the cuteness of Pippa’s face means she looks younger than Kate by more than a year and may continue to look younger as years go by, too. If I could look like either of them I would choose Pippa.

Dr. Cate

January 7, 2012 at 7:42 am

Emily
Can you tell us why, do you think?

Emilykate

January 7, 2012 at 1:03 am

Connie, try liver, panfried with onions, and bacon. Complete heaven. And so cheap.

Dr Cate I agree with all your nutritional premises, and your observations re optimal physical form being an indicator of optimal physical function, so am putting them into practice to the best of my ability but … I feel that Pippa is by far the prettier Middleton sis :o)

connie benten

January 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

Hi Dr. Cate and Luke,

Thank you so much for your responses. I really appreciated the list of things that you feel could change. I think my frustration in reading about second sibling syndrome is that it makes me feel hopeless and afraid that I will never be able to achieve health and strength, that it is irreparable damage.

Luke, I really related to your story. My sister, with her gorgeous bone structure, homecoming queen, cheerleader, etc. etc., and then me, scrawny and weak with incredibly thick glasses and and a narrow face and weak chin.

I know you have been criticized on message boards, etc. for so much information on looks and physical beauty, but I think it is really important information and I wish I had known it 30 years ago when my son was born. What parent wouldn’t want a healthy and beautiful child?
I feel like I have tried to eat a good diet all my adult life but have not been able to get healthy or strong. I am in a wheelchair for ten years from foot injuries that won’t heal properly. 2 things I haven’t tried though are organ meats and bone broth. So I am making a lot of bone broth and trying to figure out how to incorporate organ meat into my diet.

I was very encouraged by your answers and I so appreciate your taking the time to respond and your positive beliefs about healing.
Thank you.
Connie

Luke Shanahan

December 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Connie,

I’d like to chime in here. Cate grew a full half inch when she improved her diet, and she was well into her thirties. I’m a third sibling born to a woman who hadn’t a clue about good nutrition. My youth and teenage years were characterized by terrible health problems—kind of the way the healthy, good looking, tall friends’ younger years were characterized by good looks, height, and strength. Just being able to see (I was legally blind without glasses) was a big part of my life. So was my constant acne. And my crooked teeth. And my recurrent ear infections. And the many lung infections that put me in the hospital. For other fellas, it was girls, football, scholarships, being beloved by teachers, and causing trouble on the weekends.

Different life experiences, you might say. But would I have taken the other route (being really healthy) if given the chance to rewrite the past? In a heartbeat. But I wouldn’t have learned as much. And Deep Nutrition never would have been written, which means thousands of other second-born kids would suffer needlessly.

My older brother: Perfect vision, two inches taller, perfect teeth—the usual story. But, I’m the one with the bigger heart. I’m the one who was afforded the view from the business end of the consequences of poor nutrition. A lot of folks have struggled with the fact that we discuss looks and physique in Deep Nutrition (if they were scientists, they wouldn’t argue with the fact that we discussed these things. They’d contend with our argument, that looks and health are related, directly). Still, I get where folks are coming from. Some mysteries, they feel intuitively, should be left uncovered. I was short and sickly and my older brother was tall and healthy. Shouldn’t such mysteries be left untouched, written off as chance? And why, why on earth, would anyone want to pop open the Pandora’s box about looks?

Cate and I, you might have gathered, don’t have kids. But what I’m about to say is the truth: What we do have is the knowledge that, by facing these taboo topics head on, we’re giving parents the knowledge they need to see to it that all of their children—not just the first born—can enjoy enviable health, looks, and stature. They can all have an equal shot at a quality life. A perfectly healthy baby is a miracle, yes, but it’s one of those miracles that need a little help. Now parents know how to provide that help.

(Of course, if parents chose to dismiss the benefits of good looks and a perfect physique, they are free to skip Deep Nutrition principles and eat, well, whatever. Their children will, soon enough, enter the Thunderdome that is High School to compete with the children of parents who took these matters more seriously. Best of luck to them—in gym class, in sports tryouts, in the lunch room, after school, two weeks before prom night, and, later, when they compete to win a cherished spot in a top-level college.)

In the meantime, please try to rekindle your faith in your body and it’s capacity to grow stronger and heal with challenging exercise and a Deep Nutrition diet. Cate and I are, even after so many years of research, still amazed at what we read, and witness firsthand, about the body’s capacity for renewal and transformation.

One final note: Both Kate and Pippa (above) are beautiful women. Kate’s beautiful and sophisticated. But darling little Kippa is cute as a button (even their names reflect this, as if their parents planned it out beforehand—Catherine and Kippa).

Our bodies are growing and repairing and reordering themselves all the time. Now that you’ve read Deep Nutrition, you’ve got a leg up on sis. Soon enough, she’ll see how trim and strong and fit you look and she’ll be wondering how the heck you pulled it off. If she doesn’t act happy for you, then you have our permission to keep your beauty secret a secret.

Luke

Dr. Cate

December 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Connie
There are many many things that will correct with a healthier diet. The things that will not correct are mostly the “already built” aspects of your body: Skeletal issues and certain types of collagen connective tissues in your skin. A short list of the many things that will correct include: Weight, cholesterol, hypertension, immune system imbalances, osteoporosis, diabetes, and anything that involves inflammation. Because of the genetic momentum your syster enjoys, it’s probably even more important for you to eat a truly traditional diet than it is for your sister to do so. I wish you best of luck in your journey to better health!

connie benten

December 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

It is always frustrating for me to read this here and in your book because I have second sibling syndrome. My older sister is so much stronger, healthier, and prettier than me and she always has been. I am 63 years old, she is a year older but she looks ten years younger. I have always struggled with my health. Are you also saying that by eating the four pillars of health we can regain our health and make up for the weaknesses that we were born with? or will we always be weaker?

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