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"Unfit Brit" in People Magazine: Cool or Not?

"Unfit Brit" in People Magazine: Cool or Not?

In a recent issue of People magazine, I came across an article titled "Britney Spears: Body Makeover." The write-up details Britney's weight-loss methods: returning to her gym-rat ways, giving up fast food, and healthy meals delivered to her door. For the past three months, she has been working with a trainer, doing a lot of cardio as well as lots of dancing. People declares that Brit is "back in the zone."

While I think it is great to see press about Britney mending her ways and going healthy, but then there's the caption on the "before" photo? "An Unfit Brit." I wouldn't say she was unfit, just not as fit as before having two kids and a nervous breakdown; to me she this singer looks normal, healthy, and not underweight. Don't get me started about "Britney's New Body Checklist." It's like a grocery list, where they dissect her body into parts. Flat Tummy? Check. Toned Arms? Check. No Double Chin? Check. With articles like this, no wonder so many women have issues with their weight.

What do you think? Is it cool to comment on how Britney's looking more fit and toned now? Or is it uncool to comment on how bad she looked before, when she looked normal?

CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 8 years
Britney and all other celebrities can never win. They are too fat, too thin... All they do is pick apart everything about their physical apperance, dress, even personality. I would hate to be a celebrity in the spotlight. You can never win.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Seeing articles like this really pisses me off. She was never actually "fat", although she definitely should have picked a better costume. I don't think ANYONE would look good in that costume, actually. I'm a size 0-2 and I KNOW I wouldn't look good in that. It also drives me nuts that they act like Britney can spot-reshape her body...some people can do all the pushups in the world and not get rid of their batwings. You can't choose how your body will respond to exercise; everyone has their own unique shape that they can't really "change", no matter what they do. Oh, and jkat--I've been to and I stopped looking at it because of how insanely disgusting most of the remarks are on there. They rip EVERYONE to shreds and most of them think girls like Allegra Versace (who's severely anorexic, in case anyone didn't know) are "perfect". You really can't be thin enough on that website...even the skinny girls on there get picked on for their hair, shoes, toenails, and the shape of their ankles.
hlj504 hlj504 9 years
I also think her "before" picture is amazing! Especially after two kids! True, recently she's gotten some of her muscles back, but I don't think there was ever a problem with her body.
crackaddict crackaddict 9 years
i wish i looked like brit before too!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I'd happily take Brit's "before" body.
Renee3327 Renee3327 9 years
This poor girl has been under such scrutiny since she was 16 - no wonder she had a breakdown! I am so glad to see her back on track but of course why praise her positive changes when you can dwell on the bad from before? She has never ever been fat and had not been a celeb, she probably would have been praised for how she looked after having two kids back to back.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Take it from who it comes from: a vulgar publication. Completely uncool and tacky. So sad these 'toilet literature' magazines don't get banned like smoking does.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I'm glad to see them praising her for recommitting to the healthy habits (hitting the gym, eating right, etc), but to slam her so hard for not being in tip-top shape is appalling.
duckgirl02 duckgirl02 9 years
Dissecting her body and declaring her unfit is absurd, especially after they idolized folks who "lost half their size" who were still far far far heavier than Brit. However, it's hard to feel sorry for her when she insists on dressing like that with two little boys at home!
Stephie-Hobbs Stephie-Hobbs 9 years
When people like me are working hard to get a body like in her 'before' picture, and they're bashing it, it's not cool!
Beaner Beaner 9 years
Um, she looks great in that picture. What gives?
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I agree with the comments that said nice body, bad outfit. Her body looks fine, but the outfit doesn't really complement her shape.
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 9 years
What is ridiculous is that they apparently expect her to be fit - who should care about that, besides herself? It's certainly not People's business.
lysistrata_27 lysistrata_27 9 years
I'm going to have to come down on the "uncool" side. I'm used to these magazines going on about how important it is to be "thin and beautiful", so this shouldn't surprise me. But the "shopping list" of great new body "do's" seems particularly egregious. THANK YOU for posting this article.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
Um actually she looked really good there. If you had to see a girl walking on the beach looking like that you'd think, 'nice bod'.
Leene Leene 9 years
I'm confused. Is that picture supposed to show how fat she is? That is the "before" picture? She looks great...
luiyuming luiyuming 9 years
Yeah, totally not cool. I know celebrities have these "superhuman" standards but she really didn't look that bad. Some people would kill to look like her "before" picture...
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
just because the media does it, doesn't make it right.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Not Cool. She wasn't obese or anything before, she was at a more normal weight. Yes, she looks so much better now however to call her "Unfit Brit" is cruel.
spacebear spacebear 9 years
she looked fine. i wish i looked that good.
Jesi_Oh Jesi_Oh 9 years
gross costume, sexy body. This magazine is confusing fit with skinny (mind you I think she looks pretty trim). Sure she doesn't look like a rake (I'm talking to you 90210 girls) but there's no way she should be picked on for this. I'd love to know her BMI here!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I was astonsished when I saw this while I was flipping through People magazine. I thought Britney looked fine a year ago, but she just chose a poor outfit to wear and had really bad posture.
redbloodedwoman redbloodedwoman 9 years
i am getting sick and tired of people, us, life&styles, star ETC always running these "how they got thin" stories....really, is there any difference in the methods relayed in each story???? eat healthy and workout....groundbreaking...get a new story concept!!! and that's my pop-culture rant for the night!
gaelgirl gaelgirl 9 years
ok, that's what my body looks like aside from the huge boobs & i'm a size 2. last i checked size 2 was not fat. i thought the thing that was tragic about her was that she was mentally messed up, not how she looks. it's no wonder why this country is fat. when skinny girls are declared fat by the media, anyone who is normal to slightly overweight just gives up & becomes really fat. it's ridiculous!
Taadie Taadie 9 years
Her body type is so similar to mine and im well within a healthy weight. It was very harsh.
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