Dec 28, 2007

The Worst Celebrity Diet Trends of 2007

In the past year we saw our fair share of celebrity Meltdowns, visits to rehab, brief stints in jail, healthy celebrity bodies and unhealthy celebrity bodies. To sum it all up, here are the top five WORST celebrity news making trends of 2007 we hope to say goodbye to.

5. Celebrities admitting to an eating disorder to get publicity. Britney admitted that she battled bulimia. Paris Hilton apparently wrote in a journal that was sold during an auction from a storage locker she had forgotten about. Brittany Snow told People magazine she too battled an eating disorder. Courtney Love also admitted she had an eating disorder, as did Marcia Brady, Amy Winehouse (which problem that is we aren't sure but I'm going to guess she has more than one related to weight and drugs.) Hillary Duff admitted she almost had a disorder before her sister confronted her. There are more, many more. The only reason I'm including this is because real people have these problems. They talk about their weight loss is a tragic way, but at the end it's like, I am where I am today in this industry because I lost weight to get jobs, and now that I'm a working actor, I can choose my roles instead of losing weight to fit whatever I can get. Other celebrities admit their past problems to get an article in People to raise their profile. If you had a problem, keep it to yourself. We are well aware of the weight issues in Hollywood, we don't need them to be glamorized.

4. Curvy Celebrities who Embrace their curves and Then Go On Diets.
There has been this movement in Hollywood where heavier actresses and singers are being praised for not conforming to the stick thin Hollywood norm. They even have their own section in fashion magazines after awards shows, "Full Bodied Beauties!" Queen Latifah praised her 200-lb plus weight but wouldn't admit the actual number. A couple months later she signed on as a Jenny Craig spokeswoman. Lilly Allen blogged on her MySpace about how she hated how people were calling her fat. She wasn't fat, but she ranted and raved about how she refused to cave in to the pressure to be thin like other famous celebrities. Guess who recently lost weight... Lilly Allen! I'm keeping a watch on America Ferrera and Jennifer Hudson who are the next to succumb to the pressure. Please don't but please stop giving interviews and labeling yourself as a heavy role model for girls to look up to. NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Start asking questions about their talents instead of how they feel about this label they were given.

3. Photoshop Scandals!!!
First there was Faith Hill. Redbook was severely scrutinized for making Hill look younger, leaner and MUCH better for their cover in early summer. The images were plastered all over the internet, and bloggers were up in arms. Women's magazines create an unattainable image for women to live up to through their articles. "How To Please Your Man" or "Look Leaner in 10 Minutes" or "How To perfect your life," but they all give tips on how we can be perfect. Truth is, we aren't. No one is. I used to think Britney Spears was perfect, but that was in 8th grade. Why do these naturally beautiful women need to be altered for perfection? Faith Hill is gorgeoous. Shape magazine touches up every cover and they promote health and wellness. Seriously, give it a rest. Wear more flattering clothes or find different models if you are not satisfied.

2. Celebrities Blogging About Health
Don't you just love an honest celebrity who has no censor? This past year John Mayer shared with us his food diary. Did anyone seriously care? It was a joke I understand, but totally unnecessary. Lilly Allen as I mentioned above posted this:
I used to pride myself on being strong minded and not being some stupid girl obsessed with the way I look . I felt like it didnt matter if I was a bit chubby cause , im not a model , I'm a singer . Im afraid I am not strong and have fallen victim to the evil machine . I write to you in a sea of tears from my hotel bed in Seattle , I have spent the past hour researching gastric bypass surgery , and laser lipo suction.”

The most recent and one of the most publicized was Jennifer Love Hewitt's fight back against some unflattering photo's taken of her in a bikini. She retaliated by posting a blog saying that a size 2 was not fat. I got mad and wrote my own blog about how I knew a size 2 wasn't fat, but she clearly is not a size 2 so why not use her actual pants size like a 4 or 6. If you've got something to say, do what they did in the old days, shut up. Stop adding fuel to the fire because you look like a jackass, cough cough Lily Allen, when you all of a sudden decide to lose weight.

#1. Say it loud and say it proud with me... TYRA BANKS!
Yes a person is my number one worst celebrity diet news story of the year. The self absorbed TV Talk Show Host/Former Model/Big Girls Spokeswoman made headlines when she fought back against photo's taken of her in a bikini. Yes, Tyra gained weight. Yes, she didn't look good. But where there's a will there's a way. Tyra turned the story into a full out women's movement. She marched onto her show in a bikini and uttered the now famous words, "Kiss my fat ass!" Well Tyra, your message was heard loud and clear however it was lost in translation. Everyone began making fun of her stint and trying to gather up all the big girls to revolt against this thin image we've been pressed to believe is what we should all look like in order to be beautiful. Not so Tyra. We know we don't need to be very thin. But you are a model, and you pretty much do.

I'll leave you with this thought: When I say America Ferrera, what comes to mind? Ugly Betty perhaps? When I say Queen Latifah, what do you first think? Same goes for any Hollywood lady who is not the standard size 2, these women want to be known for their talent, their jobs, and probably their great personality but everytime they get interviewed they are asked about their image. They didn't ask to be put in this Women With Curves category. We put them in it. Lets move forward in 2008 and hope we never have to read a question being asked to Queen Latifah like this again, "You just finished filming Mad Money in Shreveport, La., with Katie Holmes, who always brought cupcakes and treats to the set. How did you manage to maintain your figure?"


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