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Do Celebrity Weight Battles Cause More Harm Than Good?


Weight issues don't make someone famous, but they frequently become center stage once celebrity status is official. Sure, the general public is overly concerned by struggles with the scale. But the celebrities who publicize their weight battles could be damaging the way the overweight public handles their own body issues.

The New York Times takes issue with celebrity weight battles in a piece that explores the various ways celebs deal with their public struggles. The Times interviewed overweight women who feel offended and unmotivated when Kirstie Alley makes statements like "I was so much more disgusting than I thought!" and when Oprah admits that she's embarrassed about hitting 200 pounds again.

Self-esteem takes a beating when "before" pictures resemble what these women currently see in the mirror, and this affects the way the public perceives people who are overweight. Still, as one weight stigma expert says, "Celebrities can show us how complex this problem is. Even if you have all the resources at your fingertips, it doesn’t make you immune. So it’s important to see that it’s a battle for everyone."

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