Weight Loss Transformations are Old News

Celebrity weight loss has been a big news hitter over the weekend, with Gemma Collins and Adele both being reported to have “slimmed down” and look “unrecognisable”.⁣ ⁣

{CW: Tabloid weight loss tips mentioned} ⁣
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Coincidentally, both women are also reported to have had recent and fairly public break-ups. Stressful life experiences such as breakups can sometimes correlate with weight loss. Whilst tabloids haven’t prescribed the Dump-Him diet this time around, based on the some of the tips provided, it would probably be healthier if they had.⁣⁣
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The GC’s shrink in size is reportedly down to weight loss injections that made her not eat for four days, and gym workouts in which she burned 1,500 calories at a time. Extreme crash dieting behaviours, such as these, are anything but healthy and have no place to be celebrated in the media.⁣⁣
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There’s a reason why so many eating disorders are overlooked, and this is it. Our preoccupation with weight loss means that we pat fat people on the back for having enough self control to starve themselves, whilst diagnosing thinner people with eating disorders for the very same behaviours.⁣⁣
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Admittedly, Adele’s weight loss write-ups are not as concerning, however the aspect that hits the hardest about them is that they still chose to feature her famous line: “weight has nothing to do with my career”. The articles claim Adele refuses to work with people who had a problem with her weight because she doesn’t want to “be a product”, and yet here they are making her body a spectacle.⁣⁣
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The cherry on the cake is how the tabloids stress that each women is very body confident, and don’t care how they look either way. It’s a futile attempt to stay relevant in a world that is realising this very media coverage is a catalyst for so many body insecurities. Just sprinkle some bopo on it and no one will realise the issue.⁣⁣
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I’m not saying that people’s bodies will never change, I’m just saying that its not worthy of the front page (or any page, for that matter). Weight loss transformations are old news. There is no benefit to come from them but potentially a lot of harm. Can’t we find something more interesting to talk about?