"I was way too thin"

Nope, those aren't my words but rather an observation made by actress Kristen Johnston in a US Weekly Magazine article I just read. Note the use of the word "was"-if you recall, Johnston made headlines last year for her rail thin appearance following the removal of part of her stomach (not gastric bypass by treatment for a burst ulcer.) She’s 6 feet tall and copped to weighing about 120 pounds…

...now she's up to 143 pounds, but the picture they show of her, wearing tight black jeans, boots and a cropped jacket, makes her look like a stick.

Honestly, I cannot understand why the magazine chose to use this picture , or why the actress’s publicist would agree to it if given prior approval. She still looks painfully thin, and the whole point of the story is supposed to focus on her newfound health. In the interview, Kristen talks about how her emergency surgery actually interfered with the hormone responsible for sending hunger signals to the brain. This means she often forgets to eat because her stomach doesn't growl. As such, she downs two Ensure supplemental shakes a day. (Though she does claim to drink regular Coke and eat egg-and-cheese sandwiches for breakfast.) It sounds like she went through a pretty horrific medical ordeal with lingering repercussions and I believe her when she says she's trying to get stronger. I just wish the photo editors had not selected a picture that clearly sends the signal to readers that a pin-thin physique is the epitome of new health.

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