News is that Jenny Craig has a new spokeswoman (it would be a woman now, wouldn't it?), one by name of Ms. Valerie Bertinelli. Now, perhaps this is totally identifying my age, I really don't have a whole lot of familiarity with Val. I recognized her name and her picture, but I never quite put them together. And, as I looked for pictures of her on Google (yeah, I'm that kind of girl), I began to wonder what the fuss was over her weight. She looked astonishingly...normal. Average-sized. She wouldn't be filmed from the waist down as an obese person waddling along for a newsclip that is repeated with every new article about the "obesity epidemic". (As a note to all you news companies out there, do everyone an honor and film their whole bodies. Fat people are...people. They're not just a piece of ass.)
When I'm in the grocery store checkout line, I read the tabloid headlines. I find it amusing that some people think that Bigfoot is a sign of the second coming of Christ. Or that he IS Christ. Or the anti-Christ. The opinion tends to change weekly. However, I remember the headlines of Kirstie Alley pointing to her cellulite and broadcasting her weight.
Lord have mercy! A woman? With cellulite? Holy crap! That's news! I have cellulite. Everyone has cellulite. It's NOT NEWSWORTHY.
We should be worried about celebrities that are anorexic, too, but their thinness is exploited with a kind of fascination. Fat people? Forgetaboutit. There are arrows pointing to butts and guts and their weight in enormous numbers on the front page. That's pretty humiliating, celebrity or not. I know I'd think everyone was staring at my rear if that was printed about ME.
The motivation for Val B. to call Jenny (or the other way around, I'm not quite sure)? A comment by an
"I was in a market just six months ago buying some chairs," she begins, "and obviously the guy thought I left and he said you'll never guess who was just here, to the next customer . . . Valerie Bertinelli."The customer asked the man what she looked like and his reply hit Valerie hard."He goes ‘hmmm . . .she's a lot bigger than she should be," she recalls.
Valerie has the full support of ex-husband Eddie Van Halen with whom she has one son, Wolfie. Eddie just got out of rehab. "He just said congratulations, you know good for you," he said, "I got sober, you're getting thin, this is great," she laughs.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Problem solved.
I'd love to say that, in a similar position, I'd stand up, say "F*ck Hollywood" and walk around in a thong bikini with my cellulite hanging out. That would be proud cellulite, though, let me tell you. I'd wear my Size 14 pants (the size that Val said she was when she thought she should "do something" about her weight) tag out. Most women are Size 14 and above. So the hell what? Being a Size 14 shouldn't increase your risk for serious disease- in fact, it may even protect against it.* Yo-yo dieting creates far more health issues than maintaining.
Fat has become a fear issue. The fact that celebrities are using their fame to sell weight loss, says "You don't want to look like me. Here's how not to." And in comes the weight loss program. It's almost like prostituting yourself, selling your image for money. In a sense, it's not even the image, it's the malleability of the image that sells. That a fat person can become thin by doing X, Y, and Z. Screw genetics!