Seriously. If a slender, famous actress or singer would say in an interview:
“It’s really important to me, personally and professionally, to have as pleasing a body as possible, so I work really hard at it. I work out for an hour and a half every day, do 200 abdominal crunches daily, and am really, really careful about what I eat. It’s hard work and sometimes I wish I could relax about it, but in this business, a slender, toned body is a career asset. Plus I feel great, really fit and energetic, so it’s worth the work.”
Would that be so bad? Would anyone think any less of her? Would it mar her image in any way?
First, Star Jones has “weight loss surgery” of some undefined type, and for months tells us that she’s been doing pilates. Why not be honest? Why not say “this surgery carries a lot of risks, but I discussed it with my doctor and researched it thoroughly and decided that for me it was the best decision, for personal, health, and professional reasons. I wish I’d been able to lose weight by diet and exercise, but we all know how that goes – so I did what I needed to do, with the time, resources, and body that I have. I don’t expect anyone to applaud me for it. It was a personal decision.” Could anyone argue with that? Why lie? Why make women around the world think “If Star can do it, so can I,” when in fact Star did NOT “do it”? She did NOT do something that any woman can do if she puts her mind to it. She did something that any woman can do if she has the money AND is willing to take the very real risks of surgery. Remind me to tell you some time about the woman I met who suffered kidney failure and was in a coma for 2 months as a result of complications from her gastric bypass.
Now, Geri Halliwell tells People that the way she got these abs — which, in her words, “just pop” — a year and a half after giving birth,
“I never go on a diet – at all. I go for walks, a little bit of yoga. That’s it. I eat literally every two or three hours,” adding that she drinks “loads of water.”
Yeah, right, Geri. I have news for you: Even people with fast metabolisms and “skinny genes,” who stay thin with no effort, do not get toned with no effort. You are totally doing 1,000 crunches a day.
And, good for her! If she wants rock-hard abs and is willing to do 1,000 gazillion crunches a day to get there, then fantastic! We’re all for women reaching the goals which they set for themselves!
But what virtue is there in pretending that it’s all effortless? Why not tell the truth: That, yes, other women can get abs like that if they are willing and able to work out for hours every single day. That is, if they have the time, if they aren’t working long hours at the office and they have a nanny to look after the kids and a housekeeper to do the vacuuming and dusting. Or if they’ve decided that they will sacrifice other things in their lives — date night with their husbands, or girls’ night out, or a clean home, or sleep, or all of the above — to make the time, because having washboard abs is a priority for them, or simply because they really crave exercise.
It’s a legitimate decision to make time for reaching a personal goal. But what happens, when stars lie about how much work it takes, is that women’s inner voices say “if dieting and exercising is so easy for these entertainers, why is it so hard for me? I must be a lazy bum.”
You are not a lazy bum. Weight loss is not easy. They are lying. They had surgery or they work really, really hard.
That is all.