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Speak Up: Is Changing Your Weight like Changing Your Hair?

For the most part, Mandy Moore has struck me as a starlet that is not overly concerned with Hollywood's pressures to be thin. She was recently quoted from Us Magazine on her new diet and exercise regime:

“I feel better mentally -- even if I don’t look any different -- when I’m putting forth the effort to exercise. But having said that, it’s not going to push me away if I want to have a cookie at the end of the day. You have to reward yourself every now and then.”

I am in full agreement with her here -- We should all reward ourselves from time to time and if you want to treat yourself at the end of the day, then go for it. Mandy probably should have stopped while she was ahead though, since she continued to say:

“If I have to slim down now for a film, I don’t mind. I just look at it like I’m just changing my hair or something. If that’s what I have to do for the character, then that’s what I have to do.”

Just when I thought she had it spot on, she had to go and say something like that. Personally, I am not a fan of yo-yo dieting or exercising because it's not good for accomplishing overall heath (physically and mentally), even if it is for a starring role in a hot new film. What do you guys think-- Is it OK for a person to alter her weight (just like she would her hair) for a career? So speak up and tell us what you think in the comments section below.


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pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
I think (I hope) that her last comment meant more that she doesn't take it personally anymore, and just sees it as something she has to do to become that character. I know it used to hurt her, as she mentioned it in an interview at some point, so maybe this just means that she's happy with her body now, however much it weighs and whatever comments people make. Dont know if the costant weight fluctuations are the best in terms of health, but isnt that how every actor gets an oscar nowadays? I guess they have to make that choice.
buffyanne buffyanne 10 years
To be fair, Mandy has an occupation that requires she assume the look of her given role/identity. It seems clear to me that she diets for her job and a talented girl's got to work (read: don't blame her, blame the industry). Curiously, diet is the health standard we get critical about. Take another issue like sleep; it is healthy to sleep but those who get the least and keep going are seen as "cool" or "dedicated." A "yo-yo" sleeper wouldn't come under such fire.
mollipop mollipop 10 years
I'm not into yo-yo dieting, as it often seems to kill your metabolism in the long run. I am a fan of making positive lifestyle changes in eating more healthfully, or adding more exercise. I absolutely agree with Mandy about rewarding oneself though. I could never do the restrictive diets that some people in Hollywood manage to do. I'd go nuts!
facin8me facin8me 10 years
It seems that the definition of thin is so much more drastic for people in Hollywood that it's impossible to maintain all of the time. If she "needs" to lose weight for a role, she's probably losing from what most would consider and thin, healthy weight and instead gearing toward a weight that looks thin on camera. However, I don't think it's healthy to fluctuate that much and it would be much better if we as a society decided to celebrate everyday healthy rather than the Hollywood standard of beauty.
sugar-n-spice sugar-n-spice 10 years
Mandy Moore is sooo pretty! Luv her!
miz-vanessa-anne miz-vanessa-anne 10 years
muppets, 2000 was a looong time ago, when mandy was only 15 years old! she may have been skinny then, but she has grown into her body and is mor shapely now.. many people even are so rude to call her fat, although that is far from the truth! Anyways, I don't think you should be so hard on that last line of Mandy's.. I think she meant that if she needed to change for a role, she would, physically just as any actor/actress would mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 10 years
Its her job on the line for crimmeneesakes! Actors gain and lose weight all the time, perhaps as frequently as the change hair color or styles, so she is correct for her choosen profession. She in no implied or stated that what she does goes for everyone. Not everything everyone says applies to you or should be taken as gospel or literately. Idolizing, looking up to, or follow the advice of celebs or even looking to them as a freaking source of knowledge is ridiculous. When it becomes a prerequisite that all actors have high school diplomas, and no less than a PhD in physics/world history/ economics or engineering then perhaps I will begin taking advice for them until then educated experts are the way to go.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I think it all goes with the territory. As someone who is involved in stage productions, I know that actors and actresses have to do whatever it takes to become their characters. However, it's not ok for the everyday person to see weight loss as a haircut. You should be healthy and settle at a weight where you're comfortable with yourself.
hepsmom hepsmom 10 years
I LOVE the attitude, but for me, losing weight isn't as simple as making a decision. I know cognitively that it IS, but my brain processes are such that it isn't that simple. I've struggled with being heavy for my whole life. I'm now getting into a life-plan and working out six days a week consistently, but it's not as easy for me as it seems to be for Mandy.
Sandybfan Sandybfan 10 years
im so w/ her!! she doesnt seem concerned about her weight unlike the other million women who cant think about anything else. go mandy!!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I wouldn't chastise Mandy for saying that last bit about comparing weight changes with hairstyle changes. Because she is an actress and working in a physically and emotionally challenging environment, I think what she meant was that she will physically morph into any character she plays by using her looks, including her body weight.
megod22 megod22 10 years
i think that's one of the healthiest ways to look at weight that i've heard from a celebrity. your weight is as superficial a matter as any aspect of your appearance; it should not be a major focus of your life! go mandy.
darkoblivion darkoblivion 10 years
To each their own I suppose. I do agree with rewarding yourself every now and then. Like yesterday when I made a stop at Cold Stone Creamery... gotta love ice cream in the summer! ;)
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
AMEN for that!
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
muppets, she was just a teenager then...her body has become more shapely now. and as for her changing her body for her roles, its a part of being an actor or actress in my opinion. im sure she does it with a trainer and a nutritionist. she seems to have a good head on her shoulders. i doubt she would lose the weight the way oh lets say nicole richie or amy winehouse would haha.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
I don't know that it's ok, but sadly it seems to be a necessary evil in Hollywood.
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 10 years
Yes, I think actors/actresses are being paid gobs of money to do little else than become the character they are portraying. I don't think this approach is good for everyone, but I can see that in their profession it is about quite literally becoming someone else. By the way, I once saw Mandy Moore in person (circa 2000) and she is incredibly thin. I know this is probably true about most celebrities when you see them in person, but I could see every vertabrae in her back when she moved. That said, I don't know how much she hasn't sunken into the pressures of Hollywood.
shortashley shortashley 10 years
I agree with Design, if only loosing weight was as easy as coloring or cutting your hair...
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Hmmm. I wish losing weight were as simple as a haircut. Mandy must be so lucky. :OY:
poetess poetess 10 years
It depends on the approach. I believe if one has a diet that consists of lean fish and poultry (I am a vegetarian, so for the majority), good carbohydrates, such as non-starchy vegetables; good fats-olive oil, flaxseed oil, nuts, seeds (small portions) and whole grains. With a diet with good food and variety and exercise, they would become healthier. But her statement is ambiguous to me.
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