12/5/07

If jennifer love hewitt is "fat"...

I'm scared to hear what people think of me! So a headline on MSN is screaming something about "fat" being the new normal. *sigh* I've got a few choice f-words for them myself... The bold banner image links to a newsweek article, which is really a mishmash of studies and opinions (written more like a rambling blog) that confused the eff out of me. It starts off with a lovely little lead about a vanity sizing and how you two can fit your size 8 arse in a size 2 if the designer is feeling a little bloated that season. How nice! But then it goes on to try and connect studies such as the one where your weight affects your friends, your comfort level with your body and its affect on your bmi and perception of shape and size on eating habits. Did you get it all in girls?!?!? To add to the confusion, it ends with warm and heartfelt sentiments...
"Maybe our New Year's resolution should be to love ourselves enough to be the healthiest we can be, instead of constantly beating ourselves up that we're not a real size 2."
*sob* Yes, yes. Wait...that sounds awfully familiar... But being paraphrased is sort of flattering, no? But I found the hot lawyer in a Bay St. elevator thinking I was following him today more flattering...but I was ranting here. The part that was baffling though is that featured under the link to that article on MSN is a link to another where Jennifer Love Hewitt is all up in arms about some shots of her that have surfaced and people are calling her fat over. Man it's tough being famous...and a size 2, apparently. She was quick to point out that lovely tidbit in her defense, saying that magical dress size does not a fat girl make. Yet the previous article had a woman of a size 8 fitting in a size 2.... uh.... So, er, what is MSN telling us? I can't take it when sizes are thrown out there and then the f word gets batted around. NO ONE MENTIONED THERE WAS "FAT"!!!! ...and for the love of God, stop using the word fat, will ya? Just let people live their damn lives and encourage them to be healthy. And JLH - buy a one piece. Problem solved.

9 comments:

Crabby McSlacker said...

There are so many f*cked up mixed-messages about weight and health and appearance and what we should aspire too--but it's funny to get them all in one article, totally contradicting each other!

I have trouble relating to so much of what's 'normal' in our culture, like obsession with celebrities. And I sense myself about to go off on a rant so will restrain myself.

(Oh, and the love the Elf!)

Jen said...

Ok, my head hurts from all of that...

Geez, I wouldn't mind be JLH fat...well actually that's too small for me...sucks to think what people might think of me at goal!!!

CaRoLyN said...

I hate that awful word...FAT
I just hate it, I wish it was erased from the english language. Before I started WW just hearing the word fat would automatically make my face go red becuase I just assumed that everyone was talking about me. Even now, it just bothers me to no end!

Sonya said...

Totally off topic from what you wrote (which is of course very interesting and I not only hate the word FAT but also BIG), I thought about you when I was at chapters yesterday. Why you ask?
Well...because I found a memoir entitled "How starbucks saved my life", that's why! It's in the bibilography section of chapters if you are interested ;-)

Sara said...

The thing I hate about the JLH stuff is her response about woman solidarity and against this whole need for ultra thin celebs but how she slips in that she is a size 2 (which I'm sorry I think she fits into a vanity sized 2 not a regular) why did she have to do that. That msg totally wasn't about the need to change media perceptions but about her trying to get it out there that she is only 1 size bigger then those skinny minnies. ARGHH.

Okay rant over.

Hot Lawyer? Yummy!

Shirls said...

I was all "rah-rah, go Jennifer" until she said she is a size 2! what a load of crap that is, why did she need to define a size at all to the fat label??

that is like the "queen" Oprah trying to tell us at her heaviest she was ONLY 230, I call crap on that one too!

No Where to Run ... said...

i'm just plain sick of wanting to achieve what is "percieved" as skinny. ugh! i will never be a size 2, so will i NEVER be skinny? no. forget about it. it's soooo hard being a celebrity ain't it?

Angie All The Way said...

I thought it was bad when we grew up...I am seriously scared for my future kids....we have our work cut out for us as moms more than ever now.

Robin said...

Funny, I saw JLH's comment on her site through a link at backinskinnyjeans and I didn't take it that she was a size 2. I thought she was just saying size 2 isn't fat (because hollywood obviously thinks it is.) I must have been on drugs. I went back and re-read it and it is clear that she is saying she is a size 2. I don't know where she shops, but she looks just like me in those pics, and I am a size 8! Hmm, maybe I am a size 2. I just need to find out where she shops. :)

This whole situation is ridiculous.

Love your blog by the way. I've never commented, but I've been reading it for a while.

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