Thursday, September 13, 2007

Britney Spears' shaky comeback

Curiosity led me to check out a few moments of Britney Spears performing her new single from her upcoming album at the Video Music Awards. I am not posting pictures of Spears' performance on this blog, primarily because I'd rather not have PG-13 images here unless there is an overwhelming justification for them. I watched, and, well, it looked like Spears had quite a bit of rust to shake off.

Spears' performance was ridiculed by many. Some said her dance moves looked very, well, abysmal. Some complained about the lip-synching she did. Others gave Spears a hard time because of her weight. Apparently, they don't consider her svelte enough. After all, Spears has had two children, apparently delves into comfort food and reportedly had surgery to make her body look more voluptuous.

To me, Britney didn't look all that bad. But then, the entertainment world's definition of a woman at an acceptable weight usually means a woman who's bulimic or anorexic.

This story reminds me of all the fashion ads I've seen, along with that movie The Devil Wears Prada. A vast majority of these "models" look as though they could use a nice six-course dinner. Sorry, but a woman who looks like she's starving herself to death and is constantly throwing up meals in an effort to keep her weight down is hardly my idea of beauty.

Britney, if you just happen to be reading this, dietitians I've spoken with in my ventures as a journalist say that being in good physical condition consists of sensible food choices with exercise and, if you drink alcohol, either keep it in moderation or not at all. I suppose occasional "cheat days" don't hurt.

Better to be a little heavy than to starve yourself and become the next Karen Carpenter.

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