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Rachel Bilson Covers InStyle: Too Much Attention Is Put on Weight and Body Image

Rachel Bilson Thinks Celebrity Body Image Gets Too Much Attention — Do You?

A lot of emphasis is put on a celebrity's appearance. From style choices to diet and workout regimens, people are interested in how celebs look. At FitSugar, we'd be lying if we said we weren't a part of this. And on a personal level, I'll admit that I'm interested in Cameron Diaz's arm workout, or what Summer foods celebs are snacking on. But we hope these sorts of stories are sources of healthy inspiration, and not cause for insecurity.

In the September issue of InStyle UK, Rachel Bilson said that the amount of emphasis placed on celebrity body image is too much.

"You know what I hate? The amount of attention that is put on weight and body image. It is so backwards and sends out the wrong message. ‘What do you eat? Do you work out?’ It’s not what young girls should be stressing about. They look up to these actresses and read about plastic surgery and what they do and don’t eat. I eat, I love food, I wanna eat when I wanna eat. If you are not feeling good about yourself, then you work out. But you do it for you."

I love that Rachel Bilson says that she loves food, and that it's important to work out for yourself. And even though I agree that the media has a huge role in shaping body image perceptions, I hope that it can be a positive one too. (Though I know, unfortunately, that this is not always the case.) I want to know if you agree . . .

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Asia84 Asia84 5 years
If I do look at what other celebs are doing workout-wise, I look at the ones who have similar body types as mine. As a teenager, I wasn't looking at celebs because "everyone is shoving skinny b*tches in my face and warping my self esteem". No. #1. I've always been skinny #2. It was always because the boys at school liked such and such celeb. Maybe she had a nice but. Maybe she had long hair (I had short hair as a kid). Her boobs were big. Whatever. THAT. THAT made me feel like crap. In retrospect, I shouldn't have felt bad. Those boys were drooling over a grown woman. They would never get a chance to meet Halle Berry (that was one of the chicks who set the standard when I was in school), let alone date her. I don't recall anyone else making feel like I need to be skinny or this way or that way. And I read high fashion magazines. Back to Rachel Bilson; I always feel like she has something to complain about. She don't like this. She's annoyed by that. Girl, get a job and eat a Pop Tart.
Asia84 Asia84 5 years
If I do look at what other celebs are doing workout-wise, I look at the ones who have similar body types as mine.As a teenager, I wasn't looking at celebs because "everyone is shoving skinny b*tches in my face and warping my self esteem". No.#1. I've always been skinny#2. It was always because the boys at school liked such and such celeb. Maybe she had a nice but. Maybe she had long hair (I had short hair as a kid). Her boobs were big. Whatever. THAT. THAT made me feel like crap. In retrospect, I shouldn't have felt bad. Those boys were drooling over a grown woman. They would never get a chance to meet Halle Berry (that was one of the chicks who set the standard when I was in school), let alone date her. I don't recall anyone else making feel like I need to be skinny or this way or that way. And I read high fashion magazines. Back to Rachel Bilson; I always feel like she has something to complain about. She don't like this. She's annoyed by that. Girl, get a job and eat a Pop Tart.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I like hearing about what different celebs do to stay in shape, but I agree with lilkimbo--my legs will never look like Cameron Diaz's because I'm short and stocky while she is long and lean. When people look to celebrities as models of what they should look like, it's not a good idea.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I definitely understand where you're coming from, chloe! I didn't read the entire article, so that was just my initial take on her quote. I think both of our interpretations make sense.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
I see your point, lilkimbo. It's easy to interpret a short excerpt multiple ways when you're not reading it in the context of the whole article. I still like reading articles on celebrities' fitness tips. Obviously, you're not going to end up looking exactly like a celebrity, but chances are that you'll still see results. The only thing that bothers me is when you see a size 00 celebrity claiming that they eat whatever they want and don't ever workout, when it's obvious from looking at them that it's not true.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
See, I got the opposite of what you got from her quote, chloe. I think she's saying that people focus on what celebrities do fitness and health-wise because people want to look like those celebrities. To me, she's saying that people should work out because they want to work out to feel better and themselves/healthier/more fit, rather than to look like some celebrity. The thing that bugs me about celebrity work out features is that they often tell you how to get "Jennifer Aniston's abs" (etc.). Of course, any reasonable person knows that genetics play a huge role in this. But, these features leave that out. I want to know how to make my abs look their best, not how to get the abs/legs/arms of some celebrity. Let's be honest, no matter how much I work out, my 5'2" body is never going to look anything like Cameron Diaz's!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
See, I got the opposite of what you got from her quote, chloe. I think she's saying that people focus on what celebrities do fitness and health-wise because people want to look like those celebrities. To me, she's saying that people should work out because they want to work out to feel better and themselves/healthier/more fit, rather than to look like some celebrity.The thing that bugs me about celebrity work out features is that they often tell you how to get "Jennifer Aniston's abs" (etc.). Of course, any reasonable person knows that genetics play a huge role in this. But, these features leave that out. I want to know how to make my abs look their best, not how to get the abs/legs/arms of some celebrity. Let's be honest, no matter how much I work out, my 5'2" body is never going to look anything like Cameron Diaz's!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
From her quote, it seems like she's operating under the assumption that the only reason people work out is to lose weight. Talking about someone's exercise routine isn't necessarily the same thing as talking about their body image. I personally like hearing celebrities talk about what they do to stay fit because they have access to personal trainers and other resources that I could never afford, so I enjoy seeing what advice they have to pass along.
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 5 years
I agree with the first poster. I like to read about healthy recipes and workout ideas because I'm interested in that regardless of the source. I don't read it because it's Cameron Diaz's workout; I'd read it if it said ANYONE's good workout. I also completely agree about the race photos-- wow. big deal that they ran. I run races, probably more than these celebs. and there are tons of strong men and women who run way more than me. We should focus more on people like this girl, http://50marathonchallenge.blogspot.com/1998/01/welcome-to-my-blog.html, because what's she's doing is a lot more impressive than Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Bensimone, or Cameron Diaz. Please!
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
It's out of control.
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
It's out of control.
benheld benheld 5 years
Hmmm... I have mixed feelings on this. I like reading about what celebs do to be healthy, but I also like reading about "ordinary" people. It did kind of irk me that Fit's recent Rock 'N Roll 1/2 Marathon gallery seemed to only feature the celebrities that ran the race. I'd be curious to know more about the winners, or some of the other runners.
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