Thursday, January 15, 2015

Celebrity Weightloss

Last week, the media seduced us with the headline, "Kirstie Alley Slim Again."

Is anyone still buying this?

As writes, "Kirstie Alley is no stranger to a diet. The 63-year-old star has been thin, fat and thin again more times than we can count." Apparently, Alley recently lost 50 pounds. Again.

So, why are we still reading the headlines, listening to the news clips, and studying the before and after pictures?

Diet work - until they don't. Celebrity weight-loss roller coasters are perfect examples of what professionals have come to to call the "weight-cycling industry." What if someone like Kristie Alley, Marie Osmond, or even Oprah, who recently told Barbara Walters she still needs to "make peace with the whole weight thing" were to come out with a statement of success in this arena?

Now, that would be newsworthy.

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Jill Wilson said...

I can't believe how often we think and write about the same issues .. at the same time. Ha! (

I had such a reaction to seeing Duchess Fergie on the Today show earlier this week - it was like "again, really?" She is now some spokeswoman for a juicing company I think. Because living off juice is a lifelong meal plan. Sigh.

Thanks for this post.

drstaceyny said...

Great piece, Jill! And funny that we wrote on the same theme. . . I saw that Oprah article - but it conflicts with what she told BW!

Jill Wilson said...

That's sad Oprah may still be teeter tottering between making peace and going along with the masses. Though I do think it speaks to the fact it's almost a daily struggle to make peace with your body when one is surrounding by opposing messages. In fact, it feels radical to not be on the weight loss bandwagon.

Meliss said...

i believe that all that yo-yo-ing comes from never getting to the root of the problem. food, after all, is not the problem. what i'm using the food to soothe is the problem. just like alcohol and drugs aren't the problem -- they're symptoms.

when i see a woman who re-gained a lot of weight, i know she's in pain, but not just because she doesn't like the number on the scale.

i feel badly for women (and men) who go threw it all in the public eye.

and anyway, why do we actually care what someone else weighs?