Stephanie Marcus

Body Shaming From A Lady Blog:

What is the point of posts like “10 Overweight Celebrities We Don’t Want To Look Like" by a writer over at Bisstree, a blog for women “in their 30s and 40s whose priorities include optimal wellness and overall balance in life among health, work, family, home and relationships.”

From the post:

Sure, the tabloids love pointing out celebs’ weight issues (net gains and losses), but they usually only focus on the health issues of skinny stars. Rarely do you see a magazine mention Jonah Hill’s possible diabetes risk – instead it’s whether or not Megan Fox is anorexic. That’s why we’re here with yet another gallery of 10 celebrities we don’t want to look like. But this time, it’s not because of their Franken-faces. It’s because of the many health risks posed by their being overweight — including diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and early death.

So the gallery includes Lost’s Jorge Garcia, funny man of the moment Zach Galifianakis, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, Kristie Alley, and actress and star of Huge, a show about body image and weight issues, Nikki Blonsky, among others.

Blisstree seems to have a warped way of expressing how they feel about being told they should aspire to look like celebs as they also bash the celebs “they’d rather die than look like”  over age 40.

Yes, it sucks that we are constantly told to worship at the alter of celebrity and gobble up their US Weekly foodplans like it’s Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with the 10 Commandments, but this is missing the point.

While a healthy weight is something to aspire to for health reasons, which is what Blisstree is claiming, why do we have to shame those who don’t meet that standard?

Here we have ten celebrities who despite their larger bodies DID make it in Hollywood:  It is notable however that almost all of them are comics -  the one area of the entertainment industry that tolerates some extra flesh.

Here we  have ten talented people who by most accounts have “success.” But they aren’t thin so it’s ok to bash them under the guise of “health concerns.”

Hey Blisstree, these aren’t the celebs in the tabloid rags every week offering up their diet plans, so they aren’t exactly considered body role models to begin with. We all know the risks of being overweight, so this gallery adds nothing to that argument other than to say:

You may have made it, but you still aren’t good enough, and we have the right to take you down a peg.

The media takes pride in being an extremist - we condemn ultra skinny models, and we chastise the overweight. Given that there are few middle of the road representations, the message gets lost along the way.  What do you want me to look like? I can’t tell, and even when I get there it probably won’t be enough. 

So again I ask, what is the point of posts like Blisstree’s? Page Views? Buzz? 

Is it worth it? Because it just seems to bring people down.

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