I was replying to a thread where someone felt people were judging her for her weight gain and a thought occurred to me that I felt deserved its own discussion thread: obsession with celebrity weight change.
Jessica Simpson gains, what, 10 lbs? If that? She is practically crucified. Magazine covers scream "FAT!" and the jokes ensue.
Someone wears a tight dress and has a big lunch--OMG, she's PREGNANT! She's pregnant! The picture is proof!! I've been mistaken for pregnant a handful of times and it sucks. Apparently anything more than a flat stomach is cause for pregnancy speculations.
Nicole Ritchie becomes anorexic and she's more popular than ever. Mary Kate Olsen goes to an eating disorders program and she's on every cover. Lindsey Lohan just lost weight and while people are SAYING she's too thin, she sure is getting a TON of attention.
No wonder we all feel like ****! If Jessica Simpson can gain 10 lbs and be called fat, a cow, a pig, what about the rest of us that have gained, like, 50 lbs? If we're feeling lonely, why not just lose a ton of weight? Then people will pay attention to us.
In general, I don't think regular people judge each other so harshly. I don't walk around saying "She's fat--gross. She's thin--gorgeous." But I feel like coverage of celebrity weight change teaches us we SHOULD care, we SHOULD have an opinion on someone gaining or losing weight. I heard somewhere that weight-related covers sell better than any others and that's why media keeps going after that topic (also baby/pregnancy covers too). If people aren't losing/gaining weight, then they have to focus the smallest changes. Maybe someone hasn't even changed weight but they get an unflattering picture taken so there will be headlines "So-and-so's piling on the lbs" or "So-and-so's denies pregnancy but that baby bump is undeniable!"
It's just so sick.