When I checked out E! Online this morning I was taken aback by the picture of Jessica Simpson associated with the headline: “Jessica Simpson Looks Skinnier Than Ever During Hubby’s B-Day .”
I’m seriously asking, is this a good thing?
I’m looking at her picture and, to me, she no longer looks healthy. Her face looks gaunt. I almost feel like she is not promoting a charity, but starring in a commercial for some kind of charity. Maybe we’ll call it, “Feed a Celebrity.” “Adopt a Celebrity.” I’m not sure where I want to go with this, but when I saw her face, with the sunken, vacant look in her eyes, I was reminded of the starving children in Africa, or Holocaust victims. I want to cook for her, to make her a sandwich. Please, Jessica, it’s ok to eat. Have some peanut butter and jelly with your kids. Set an example of a healthy weight, not a skinny weight.
Yes, I’ve seen it before. Teaching Weight Watchers for so many years, I saw members who couldn’t stop losing. Those who were as addicted to dieting, to losing weight, to getting smaller, the same way they had been previously addicted to eating, to binging, or just to chocolate. Weight Watchers has a maintenance program. Once you reach a healthy weight you are supposed to add back more food. To learn how to eat the right amount of food to stop losing. To maintain. Weight Watchers also has a minimum weight allowed. Anything below this would need a doctor’s note to continue following the program. I wonder if Jessica Simpson is still within Weight Watcher’s healthy range. I hope so. For her sake and for her children’s sake. But I also hope so for her many followers, girls who are being taught that skinny is best. That the more bones that show, the better you look.
Please, stay healthy. To the media, stop promoting skinnier is better. Post photos of healthy women. Of women wearing clothes that are positive numbers. Why is it that men feel manly with they bulk up and women feel sexier when they waste away to nothing. Zero isn’t a size. Zero means nothing! It means you have disappeared. You don’t exist. If smaller is better, are you promoting anorexia as the best?
I’m worried. Please, Jessica, stay healthy. Eat something. Show everyone, by your example, that women can be healthy and sexy.
What do you think? When is enough, enough?