Sitting on the sofa, flipping through the pages of the March issue of Glamour magazine, I came across a cheer-worthy body image item. There, on page 205, was a brief Health item titled "Celebs Admit: Staying in Hollywood Shape Sucks."
Why is this cheer-worthy?
Because as many women and even girls know, it can be a struggle not to compare yourself to media images of beautiful celebrities -- made all the more difficult at times by accompanying interviews that quote the celebrity as saying she never diets or rarely works out or eats a hot fudge sundae every night. You get the idea. In this brief Glamour piece, however, Gwyneth Paltrow is quoted as saying, "I kill myself. I put in a minimum of an hour and a half, five days a week...it's not good genes."
It's a subject I touched on in You'd Be So Pretty If...the fantasy world of film and television brings with it real-world pressures to be thin that most people don't face in our everyday lives. When your daughter admires a celebrity and wonders why her body doesn't look like her idol's, that's a great time to have a conversation about the pressures celebrities are under to stay so thin -- and what they often have to go through to stay that way.