Monday, December 10, 2007

The Jennifer Love Hewitt Syndrome

On the cover of this week's issue of People magazine is Jennifer Love Hewitt, whom I consider one of the prettiest actresses out there. But she's on it for reasons one might not expect. Photos were taken of the 28 year-old Ghost Whisperer star, who was relaxing at the beach with her fiance. The photos were posted, and mention was made of cellulite Hewitt had and implied that the actress needs to lose weight.

Give me a break.

Hewitt responded on her blog, referencing her dress size and wrote this: "...I've sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women's bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I'm not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image.

"A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn't make you beautiful.
What I should be doing is celebrating some of the best days of my life and my engagement to the man of my dreams, instead of having to deal with photographers taking invasive pictures from bad angles. I know what I look like, and so do my friends and family. And like all women out there should, I love my body.

"To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini -- put it on and stay strong."

When I was at college back in the early to mid nineties, a size 6 was considered an ideal size for a girl. Now, there are people out there that think a size 2 is heavy? And there's actually such a thing as a size ZERO?

I'm married to a beautiful, plus-sized woman and personally feel a woman looks more appealing when she has some meat on her bones rather than starving herself to death and looking like she's just been liberated from a concentration camp. You'd think that with all these models starving themselves to be un-sexy thin, and with talented singers like Karen Carpenter dying in 1983 from complications from anorexia, there would be far less emphasis on how skinny a woman looks. Perhaps I'm biased: when I was in the service, a beautiful female officer I knew constantly threw up, would go a few days eating just an apple and ended up being hospitalized with an eating disorder.

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