Aguilera's Arrest Reveals Her Weight: Should We Care?

For a while now, the blogosphere has been buzzing about pop star, actress, mom of one, and recent divorcee Christina Aguilera’s fuller figure. Sites from the reputable to the not-so-reputable have taken to saying that it looks like the 30-year-old has “gained a few” or “packed on some pounds,” to flat out calling her fat.

As the photo above shows -- at right, Aguilera in January 2010 and left, in January 2011 -- yes, she clearly has put on some weight (and much-needed, some might say.) But now, anyone who reads TMZ knows just how much Aguilera weighs: 100 lbs, according to the booking report from her recent arrest for public drunkenness.

When I first caught sight of the fuller-figured X-tina, about the time she started promoting Burlesque in November, I found myself wondering just how much she had put on. Five, maybe 10 pounds on her 5’2” frame, I figured, topping her off around 115. I guessed that in real life, Aguilera likely didn’t look “fat” at all, but more like any other petite 5’2” regular girl who’s not under the pressures of being Hollywood skinny. But 100 lbs? I wasn’t buying it. Aguilera could have lied to police, the skeptics among us might say, knowing the report would be plastered everywhere in a matter of hours of her arrest. Plus, it’s doubtful officers pulled out a scale to verify such trivial information.

News like this leads to all sorts of questions: If Aguilera is 100 lbs now, what did she weigh when she was considered smaller? And not only that, if a 100-lb. woman is considered fat by Hollywood standards, what does that mean for the rest of us? More important, why do we care?

As much as I detest myself for even thinking about all this, I value these kinds of conversations because it’s evidence of how Hollywood has brainwashed us all into looking at a petite,100-lb woman and thinking she looks heavy. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to remind myself just how size-lusional Hollywood is and why I shouldn’t buy into it. Because anyone not under the spell of a disease like anorexia or bulimia knows that weighing 100 pounds is far from being “fat.”

And if that’s how distorted Hollywood’s view of a woman’s weight is, then maybe all of them -- the skinnest celebs especially -- need to spend some time in their own jail cell to think about that.

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