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“I still battle with my deeply boring diet of, essentially, yogurt and breakfast cereal and granola bars. I hate dieting. I hate having to do it to be the 'right' size. I’m hungry all the time.” -- Julianne Moore told Eve magazine.
Pardon me while I choke on my 80-calorie yogurt topped with four almond slivers. This is craziness. Why are we continually hearing from women who must force themselves to assuage their bodys' hunger signals with Aspartame and tofu…or resist them altogether? Actually, scratch that -- we know why we’re always hearing that: Because our society is so sharply obsessed with women attaining absurd levels of thinness that our highest paid actresses -- the women considered the most powerful in their industry -- freely admit to denying themselves food and, more importantly, pleasure from that food.
This kind of self-imposed starvation would never fly with our male actors. Can you fathom clicking on Huffington Post’s Entertainment section and reading about how Tom Hanks told Esquire magazine, “I don’t eat sugar, wheat, meat or dairy, and no carbs after 3pm. The camera really does add 10 pounds so I have to eat about 25% less than I really want in order to look good on camera?"
Or if Will Smith told a reporter at the Emmys, “Basically, I did a juice detox for the last 10 days to fit into this beautiful tuxedo that Mr. Armani so graciously sent over, and I’ve been working out twice a day all month. I can’t wait to dive into a cheeseburger at the after-party!”
The double standard is so glaringly apparent, it’s laughable. And yet...nothing’s really being done to change it. True, more brave souls are stepping forward to claim their place on our Most Beautiful lists, despite the fact that they’re not size 2 (Christina Hendricks comes to mind.) But those women are few and far between. That said, Julia Roberts did reportedly gain 10 pounds while noshing her way through Italy in Eat, Pray, Love...but I’d be shocked if it doesn’t fly off. America doesn’t bring welcome-to-the-neighborhood casseroles to the chubby Girl Next Door.
Do you feel badly for actresses who feel they must deny themselves food to stay thin? Chime in below!
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