Jennifer Hudson Is Prouder of Weight Loss Than Her Oscar


Even though friends and family may not judge them for their weight, many women still associate being fat with “profound personal failing,” researchers for Arizona State University claim in a new study.  This may explain why, in a recent interview, the actress Jennifer Hudson said that she was prouder of her weight loss than her Oscar.

Hudson, a Weight Watchers spokesperson, lost a significant amount of weight after coming to Hollywood.  She won an Oscar early in her career for her magnificent performance in Dreamgirls, but apparently that accolade is nothing compared to the self-esteem she gained from looking traditionally beautiful — even though, if you ask me, she looked gorgeous back when she was a size 16.

The really tragic part of the story is that when Hudson came to Hollywood, she said she thought she was the “perfect size.”  When she was asked by an interviewer on the red carpet what it was like to be “plus-size” in Hollywood, she was taken aback.

“I looked around, like, Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I’m plus-sized?” she said in a recent interview. “In the neighborhood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out.”

Well, now she looks exactly the same too.  And you have to wonder what horrible message her comments are sending to women everywhere, even if that’s not her intention.  There’s a difference between exercising and eating well because it feels good and trying to conform to a particular standard of beauty, one that denies the attractiveness of women’s different shapes and sizes.

“If it isn’t the opinions of friends and family that make us feel so bad about being overweight, then what does?” asked ASU researcher Alexandra Brewis.  ”What seems most likely is that media and pop cultural messages are so pervasive and powerful that even the most loving support of those closest to us provides only limited protection against them.”

Jennifer Hudson was beautiful before she lost weight, and she’s beautiful now too, but it’s a more conventional beauty.  If she felt that she needed to lose weight for health, that’s one thing.  But to tell her audiences that her proudest accomplishment was weight loss underscores the poisonous media culture that makes so many women despise their bodies, even if their friends and family think they’re beautiful.

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Photo from guisse95 via flickr.


Rose Becke5 years ago

I agree with Carole L

Susan W.
Susan W.5 years ago

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April Thompson
April Thompson6 years ago

Size should never matter!

Allin Milo
Allin Milo6 years ago

We all speak our own truth. If Ms. Hudson feels her weight loss is her crowning achievement, who are we to say otherwise. The esteem she gained is one from winning a lifelong, hard fought battle of the bulge
I disagree with the author - Ms. Hudson was not gorgeous at a size 16. She did not wear her clothes like a person with confidence. If you look at her two dresses she wore at the Oscars the year she won, her red carpet dress w/bolero jacket not only was a poor choice for her body type (styled by Andre Leon Talley of Vogue), but was ill fitting. Her acceptance dress not as bad, but there's no comparison with how her clothes hang on her now! The famous fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli once said, "Never fit a dress to the body, but train the body to fit the dress."
Compulsive overeating is a minute but minute battle. I laud Jennifer on her accomplishment. This is just the beginning for her. Long after the gild on her Oscar has tarnished, she will still be fighting her life long battle with her weight. We have seen this with Oprah, Carnie Wilson, Jane Fonda, Portia di Rossi, Mary Kate Olsen and many other celebrities and the countless men and women who have eating disorders. This is all the same disease and it is one of the mind.I congratulate Jennifer Hudson and I wish her success in her career and personal endeavors.

Mel P.
Melissa P6 years ago

I disagree with the author on the article. Loosing weight and being healthy is HARD. Making everyday choices to eat right and just get up and move, making an overall lifestyle change, to stop a lifetime of bad habits, is something she should be proud of. Maybe being more proud of empty accolades from the Hollywood that perpetuates the poisonous media culture you are concerned about?

In many of her previous interviews a Jennifer Hudson always said her main concern was her health, not her looks, and that she knew she would get backlash for getting famous then getting skinny.

I think the most telling part of her interview is that she did not know how unhealthy she was. Maybe this is why the percentage of overweight people in the US grows each year. Instead of linking to an article on the interview, you should link to the actual interview, where we will see quotes like this "My fiancé, David's father [also named David], and I both knew we didn't learn to eat right and be healthy as kids, so we wanted to for him." (him being her son)

I would think we should be more upset with sites and articles that just take bits of information and skew what the persons actual thoughts are, and what they are trying to say.

My last thought, is that I think in our quest to let women know they are beautiful no matter how they look, we should not loose site that it is important to make su

Penny C.
penny C6 years ago

I can understand this its very difficult when your healthy to lose weight,takes much willpower & determination.Kudos to her for both reasons:)

Faith B.
Faith Billingham6 years ago

great article, thank you :)

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago

thanks for this story.

C L.
CL L6 years ago

Good for her she looks beautiful and probably feels better, who cares how much she is being paid by WW; the only message that I can see is that you can accomplish anything when your mind and heart are set to. Regardless of size, race, age, and or background. Congratulations Jennifer keep the good work!

Carole L.
Carole L6 years ago

Oh please! Jennifer Hudson can do and can look how she wants. It's none of my business. I have my own life to deal with.