Gwyneth Paltrow faces huge backlash over weight loss and starvation advice
Erstwhile actor, Gwyneth Paltrow, has established herself as the one-stop shop for lifestyle advice that you most definitely should not follow. From stuffing jade eggs up her vagina to steaming the darn thing, the 45-year-old has seemingly tried every controversial wellness trend out there in the name of her "modern lifestyle brand", Goop. Now, if this is a mere marketing ploy, it's certainly worked; Paltrow's advice has often ignited the ire of the internet for being dangerous. I mean, the woman once espoused the benefits of being stung by bees. Seriously.
And it looks like she's done it again. The Shakespeare in Love actor recently published a weight loss article in Goop's newsletter, entitled Busting Diet Myths, and it quickly came under fire for glorifying thinness and encouraging starvation dieting.
The article featured an interview with Traci Mann, Ph.D. and author of Secrets From the Eating Lab, who explained that each individual has a "healthy weight range" that their body naturally gravitates to. She then shared techniques for keeping your weight on the lower end of the aforementioned range, while still "embracing" your natural body shape.
"For many of us, our leanest livable weight is heavier than our dream weight," Mann wrote. "I urge people to aim for their leanest livable weight, rather than below it. Embrace it — it’s where your body wants you to be, it’s easy to maintain, and you can be healthy there. Since this weight is within your set weight range — where your body tries to keep you — the only reason you would need to diet is if you’re currently well above that range. Otherwise, using sensible strategies should get and keep you there."
While it's evident that the article wasn't intended to glamourise extreme thinness, or crash dieting, the wording is potentially triggering for those who have suffered from eating disorders. In particular, the phrase "leanest liveable weight" - as many Twitter users pointed out - evokes the starvation diets of yesteryear, and late Nineties and Noughties culture; where waif-thin models ruled the catwalks, and Kate Moss's infamous statement, "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels", rang true for many women.
In any case, thinner body types have clearly been prized over "middling" or larger ones.
The people of the internet were less than pleased at the article's purported "message". In response to the post's social media caption, one Twitter user wrote, "Aka, how to be as thin as possible without dying," while another corroborated "Would a realistic healthy maintainable weight not be a better choice of words?"
Even gossip columnist, Perez Hilton, weighed in, taking to his Twitter account to write, "@GwynethPaltrow is glamorizing eating disorders! Way to go!"
It's evident that weight loss is a contentious topic for many, and due diligence should be done to ensure that it is handled as sensitively as possible. Please take note, Gwyneth.
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