It seems the most important thing about celebrities these days is their weight. Kevin Smith was kicked off a Southwest flight for being "too fat." "You [messed] with the wrong sedentary processed-foods eater!" he tweeted.
The 5'6", 105-pound American ice dancer Tanith Belbin, who admitted to restricting her intake, was given an ultimatum by her coach to gain 10 pounds. Still underweight, Belbin reported she's skating more strongly. You know it's serious when your ice skating coach is forcing you to eat.
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks vented to New York magazine: "Anytime someone talks about your figure constantly, you get nervous, you get really self-conscious. I was working my butt off on the show, and then all anyone was talking about was my body."
Jessica Simpson, who, if you remember, soared to fame with her voice, came crashing down with her weight. In a recent issue of Allure, Simpson referred to America's weight-obsession as "disgusting."
These are just a few examples I've seen in the media in the last few weeks. Can you remember a time when we haven't had such a focus on everyone's weight? How do we get back to that place?