Media’s Obsession with Thinness More Apparent than Ever
Do we need any more proof of the media’s obsession with thinness than this – a 70 picture slideshow on ABC News of the “Ups and Downs of Celebrity Weight“?
It seems we can’t escape the thin equals beauty equation, but what continues to surprise me time and time again is how unhealthy looking these “beautiful” women always appear.
Here are some highlights from the slideshow:
Gwyneth Paltrow – It appears Paltrow was required to gain 20 pounds for her most recent role in the soon-to-be released movie “Country Strong” yet I see little to no difference between the two pictures. And frankly find it ridiculous that this is a headline worthy story.
Neve Campbell – When I look at the side-by-side pictures of Campbell in the slideshow I am more shocked by her skeleton-like figure in the first one than how much weight she has gained in the second. To be honest I think she looks far healthier (and beautiful) in the “heavier” image.
Christina Aguilera – While the pictures of Aguilera report that she has “packed on some pounds” they don’t mention one of the obvious reasons for the weight gain – perhaps having a child.
Anthony Hopkins – Hopkins lost 75 pounds over the last two years with an extremely strict diet regime of which he says, “I’m in the gym six days a week, I power walk, live on 800 calories a day. No pasta. No seconds. A sandwich occasionally. Now I’m a health nut.” A health nut? Eight hundred calories a day is extremely unhealthy, even dangerous, especially considering the vigorous workouts. For a man to lose weight healthfully he should be eating 2,300 calories a day, almost 3 times the amount Hopkins was consuming.
Lea Michele – When teasers for the new season of “Glee” started this Fall I was shocked by how much weight Michele had lost and this picture confirms my shock, but what is even more disturbing to me is that the caption characterizes her weight loss as a means to “stay fit” but to me Michele actually looks extremely unhealthy.
Kim Kardashian – Both pictures of Kardashian look completely retouched and altered to make her appear even thinner and more toned.
While many pictures did not call attention to the women’s unhealthy bodies I’m happy that a few did like Ashlee Simpson’s whose caption revealed that the celebrity has struggled with an eating disorder in the past.
Meg Ryan’s picture was another one that stuck out to me as being extremely unhealthy and her caption too called attention to her “painfully thin” body and “gaunt” figure as did Cate Blanchett’s which noted her “emaciated frame” and shoulder bones that “looked like they would cute the straps of her dress.”
Seventy pictures scrutinizing various celebrities’ bodies on a major news network site like ABC is proof of our culture’s obsession with beauty and being thin – one in the same for women and increasingly men today. This narrow definition of beauty is really a disservice to us all and frankly there are far more important issues I’d like to read about on ABC then celebrity weight and loss gain.
The media’s obsession with thinness is made apparent with a 70 picture slideshow on ABC News titled the “Ups and Downs of Celebrity Weight.”
Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography used under a Creative Commons license.