My favorite poll ever!+comment
Having worked in the entertainment industry for most of my adult life, I understand the pressure to be thin. Claudia and I have often lamented that thin is such a commodity in the biz, skinny often even beats pretty. Of course, there are exceptions, but there’s no denying that when Hollywood talks of beauty, it often mean thin and young.
It always infuriates me that most ‘best bodies’ editions of magazines feature at least two actresses who have been, or soon will be, on that same magazine’s ‘do they have an eating disorder?’ edition. Without going on too much of a rant, I find it really troubling that we (and magazine editors) never seem to put together the fact that the behavior that got them on the ‘best bodies’ edition is the same behavior that lands them on the cover of the ‘scary skinny and needs help’ edition.
For example, Jessica Alba has admitted that she has struggled with eating disorders. Lately there have been tons of ‘look how glowing and fabulous the radiantly pregnant Jessica Alba is’ stories, despite the fact that her stated plan to get back her body back post delivery is starving herself. She said, “I have a hard time with portion control, so I have 1,200 calorie meals delivered. But I also work out, so basically I’m starving. It sucks. I drink a lot of water.” Nice.
I applaud women who talk openly and honestly about their struggles with body-image related diseases – Portia de Rossi’s book Unbearable Lightness being an admirable example. Perhaps it is petty of me, but I still get frustrated that the revelations are always after the fact, only coming after their damaging example of extreme thinness has pervaded popular culture and influenced the expectations and desires women have for their own bodies. I’m not sure later admitting that it was unhealthy behavior that created the ‘best body’ that so many women want to emulate can counter act that. There are some bells that can’t be unrung (yes, I did learn that from the movie G.I. Jane).
Okay, that was a bit of a rant. This is Friday, and I don’t believe in depressing posts on Friday. So let’s look at the good news.
I never thought I’d want to highlight a fitness poll (unless it was to disparage it), but here’s one that I can get behind. An LA Fitness poll has voted Helen Mirren as the female Body of the Year. That’s right… 66 year old, super curvy, fit and toned and crazy hot Helen Mirren. Now that’s a poll I can get behind.
Have a great weekend!