Ginnifer Goodwin Has Big Love for Weight Watchers

The actress confesses to following the plan for 23 years

Talk about a long term relationship: Big Love actress Ginnifer Goodwin recently revealed that she has been on Weight Watchers for a whopping 23 years -- and she’s only 32! Goodwin revealed her long-term membership in the January/February 2011 issue of Health Magazine, where she called it, “the only thing on the planet that doesn’t dehydrate you or just make you miserable. I’ve never had a dramatic weight problem, it’s just that I tend to indulge, and then I need to get back on track so I can button my pants.”

Goodwin’s not the only celeb to cop to a lifetime of dieting:

Detox aficionado Gwyneth Paltrow was recently diagnosed with osteopenia (a possible precursor to osteoporosis, usually found in older women), thought to be a consequence of a lifetime of restrictive dieting.

Additionally, in January 2009, Oprah, who has publicly battled her weight for decades, confessed to “falling off the wagon,” saying, “I can't believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I’m still talking about my weight.”

Then there are the celebs who may not have spent middle school recess at Jenny Craig, but nonetheless find their worlds ruled by food (or a lack thereof.) Julianne Moore has said, “I’m hungry all the time,” Kathy Griffin says, “It's starvation and frustration. I'm hungry all the time, and I'm cranky,” and Goodwin’s own Big Love costar Amanda Seyfried told Esquire magazine that she worries about her food intake every single day: “It's always on my mind…I have to stay in shape because I'm an actress. It's twisted, but I wouldn't get the roles otherwise."

Still, women are women and children are children. Goodwin enrolled in Weight Watchers at age nine? Am I the only one who thinks this is insane? I’m surprised Goodwin was even allowed to enroll in the program at such a young age. (After all, this woman attempted to enroll at Jenny Craig at age 12 and was politely turned away.)

Goodwin, who’s from Memphis, said she struggled with her weight from an early age. “I really did go through a period when I was very little when I remember realizing that vegetables did not come out of the ground deep-fried,” she told Health. “I changed my eating habits in fourth grade because I was a heavy little girl, and I was unhappy. And I remember my mom making dinner for me the first night that I was on this new program, and I burst out crying because the vegetables were green, and I thought she was trying to starve me to death.”

Still, it’s hard to criticize the move though, in light of our current childhood obesity epidemic. Most kids definitely do not know how to eat in a healthy way. They think potatoes are always fried and that ketchup is a fruit. They park themselves in front of the computer instead of playing outside.

For me, Goodwin’s lifetime Weight Watchers confession brings out mixed emotions. On the one hand, I loathe how women must force themselves to assuage their body’s hunger signals with fake diet foods and artificially sweetened soda…or resist them altogether. I hate the thought of a nine-year-old being on a diet.

On the other hand, I’m glad Goodwin found a lifestyle that works for her and lets her live at a weight that makes her happy (her words.) Still, how sad is it that so many of us spend -- quite literally -- our entire lives watching what we eat in such a formal, controlled way? What are your thoughts?

Do you think children should be allowed to participate in weight loss plans like Weight Watchers? Chime in below!

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