It’s almost sickening, the level of focus and attention the press pays to celebrities’ weight loss. Miranda Lambert lost a ton of weight very quickly, and that’s become headline news. Should we be promoting this kind of unhealthy weight loss to young women? Or should we be criticizing it instead?
US Weekly’s latest cover features the story, and makes it sound like glowing praise that Miranda’s managed to lose so much weight so quickly. Apparently, it’s a good thing that Miranda lost 25 pounds in three months, even though it’s probably not very sustainable. What’s worse is that they pretend as though Miranda didn’t have to work very hard to get her new body, and that anybody can do the same if they can put their minds to it. Uh, not they can’t. For one, Miranda’s a celebrity and she can devote all her time and energy to losing weight, something normal people can’t – especially with jobs and families. Secondly, she has the access to top-notch trainers and healthy food that others may not have access to or can’t afford. Lastly, the report claims that Miranda’s weight loss can be put down to some ‘portion control’ and ‘simple exercises’. I’m sorry, but there is NO WAY that Miranda lost this much weight by only doing minor portion control and simple exercises. To send across this message is extremely irresponsible and a blatant lie.
Also, while the report doesn’t come right out and say it, it does suggest that one of the reasons for Miranda’s weight loss is because she wanted to impress hubby Blake Shelton, perhaps to prevent him from cheating on her again. Ugh, tabloids.
Apart from Miranda’s cover story, US Weekly’s cover this week focuses on Denise Richards‘ fighting for Charlie Sheen‘s two kids, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom attempting one last reconciliation by attending couple’s therapy, and Tom Cruise‘s explanation for abandoning Suri Cruise after his divorce.