Kirstie Alley Fat Again
A few days ago, I was in the grocery store and noticed the cover of this month’s People Magazine. It features Kirstie Alley who has apparently put on 83 pounds since going off Jenny Craig and is now consumed by self-loathing that her weight could reach the impossibly high number of 228. I don’t know where to even start breaking down this article. Every single line made me alternately cringe and want to scream in frustration. All the usual platitudes about weight gain/loss are there from “I’ve let myself go” (in big print at the beginning of the article) to “I’m so ashamed” all the way to the classic “but now I’m going to get back in even better shape”. I can’t think of a coherent way to structure this, so I’m just going to quote the article, and then rant about the quotes. Also, check out this post from another fat acceptance blog about the same article.
But your solution is either jump under the E train or you do it all again.
OR, you learn to love your body the way it is instead of starving it and hating yourself. Apparently if you’re fat, your life isn’t worth living unless you’re trying to get thin. All fat people should just go throw themselves under a train.
I’m fat! There’s nothing else to call it. I know that a lot of people like to call it a “disease” and an “addiction,” but honestly, the bottom line is that I was just really irresponsible.
No, you’re weren’t irresponsible, you were eating what you wanted to eat and enjoying it (in between the bouts of self-loathing). Becoming fat does not make you an irresponsible, lazy, or stupid person. And if you only managed to keep that weight off by being on a diet for years, then perhaps it’s neither an addiction nor a disease, but simply the way you’re body wants to be.
Admittedly, Kirstie did stop exercising completely and start eating lots of butter on everything, which no one would ever recommend as a healthy lifestyle, but it still seems that her body wants to be at a higher weight than when she was on Jenny Craig. So I do support her current plan of weight loss, at least in so far as it includes exercising again and eating less butter, but her goals are completely unrealistic.
I have to be below 140 to really look good. […] I love the way I look at, like, 128. One time on Cheers, I weighed about 148 lbs., and they told me to lose, like, 20 lbs. Now, I’m 5’8″, so at 148 lbs., I wasn’t fat. But they’re saying, “You know, you need to lose 20 lbs.” So what does that put me at? 128. That’s where I keep getting this number.
Has she stopped to think that Cheers stopped filming nearly 20 years ago? If you struggled to weigh 128 back when you were 40 years old, can you really expect to get back to that weight now that you’re nearly 60? And Kirstie, maybe it’s just time to stop fighting your body. Exercise moderately, don’t eat an entire stick of butter in one sitting, but enjoy food, enjoy your body, and stop letting everyone around you tell you that you should be ashamed of yourself.
And lastly a few words on fashion:
I don’t know what you’re supposed to wear when you’re fat
Maybe what other people wear just a little bit bigger?! Really Kirstie, really? Have you never seen a fat person with some fashion sense? You’d think with all her money she could hire a stylist to figure these things out. As it is, you can tell that she’s trying to hide her fat because in every picture she’s wearing a flowing ankle-length dress. Honestly, ankle-length dresses aren’t very flattering on most people, and it just looks like she’s wearing a muumuu. She has great curves and I think she would look a lot better (and probably slimmer too) if she wore clothes that accented her waist and showed off her hourglass figure more.
Take home message for Kirstie: gaining 83 lbs is not the end of the world. Neither is weighing over 200 lbs. You should stop being ashamed of your body and start listening to it. It will tell you how it wants to be. Losing weight can be very difficult, so can learning to love yourself. Maybe you should try the latter since the former hasn’t worked out so well for you in the past.