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No One Can Win, Ever: Why We Attack Celebrities For Their Weight Loss Or Gain
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No One Can Win, Ever: Why We Attack Celebrities for Their Weight Loss Or Gain

If you think your circle of friends are vicious with one another on the topic of weight and fitness, try interjecting the name of a celebrity (any celebrity) into the conversation and see how it changed. Even the most gentle spirit may pull out their fangs and claws once you have given them a juicy star name to work with. And, if that particular celebrity has recently gained or lost a single ounce, the gloves will really be off and even the shyest among you will be tossing insults like a hockey player stuck in the box on a bad call. There is not a celebrity alive that is immune to this nastiness, either.

Everyone knows that everything Jessica Simpson put into her mouth was analyzed and argued about even before she gave birth to her first child. Her contract with Weight Watchers opened her to open ridicule. Her second, surprising pregnancy made her even more susceptible to the bashing, but she is certainly not the only one. Just because they are in magazines, everyone suddenly feels like they are the expert in the situation, the trainer, nutritionist and more, rolled up in one.

First up, Jessica Alba. Featured on the cover of Women's Health magazine's latest issue, the actress and mother of two has recently started her own business on top of everything else that she does. Alba is showing off her toned figure in a pair of jeans and a cute top but that does not stop everyone from taking pot shots at her. The biggest beef people have with Alba is not just her body, but they are certainly doing that, but with how she accomplishes her success. It does not matter how many times she explains a natural tendency toward leanness plus near constant activity, no one wants to heart that. Comment boards are filled with snarky statements usually insinuating that she has a staff of dozens taking care of the kids while she spends eight to ten hours on a treadmill.

Jessica Simpson was attacked for gaining too much weight, Jessica Alba for being toned and looking fabulous. Now add Denise Richards to the mix with people "aghast" at a few unflattering photos of her super skinny arms. Richards, an avid Pilates fan denies that she had changed her diet in any way - and friends came to her defense as well.

So, why do we care so much? If a celebrity has a trainer, eyes are rolled and people say "of course". If they do not, people assume they are just lying anyway. We think that we have the right to judge the bodies in front of us based on what we see- no matter how they are presented to us. We do it with our friends, our family and of course, celebrities. Perhaps we do it to avoid judging our own bodies?


Street Talk

I think your last line rings pretty true. :)

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  about 6 years ago

Hi Amie. Good article. A celebrity should be allowed to be natural. Their private life is invaded. A lot of pressure is put on them on nearly everything. As a result they loose track of themselves. Sometimes they take drugs to keep up. Instead of being happy they become miserable in nearly every way

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  about 6 years ago
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