Lisa wants to know:

have been a long time lurker and really enjoy reading your blog. I wanted to share this article on a celebrity gossip site about Mila Kunis and her take on weight loss. In particular, the comments from the subscribers are of interest to me. There are a lot of comments bashing her for being self-righteous and arrogant about this issue. Personally, I think she was just trying to give a little motivation and hope to readers wanting to lose weight and get healthy. Do you think actresses or celebrities have no right to preach this way of living when their whole lively hood depends upon their looks?

So, let’s take a look. From D-Listed:

Mila Kunis dropped 20 pounds from her 20 pound body for Black Swan and doing so taught her that hos crying out a river of icantloseweights are lying to themselves. Naturally skinny ass Mila tells Britain’s Glamour Magazine (via M&C) that thyroid problems be damned, wishing and wanting will make it so:

“I don’t think I ever fully realized what a human body is capable of doing. But I think I was also, in a beautiful way, incredibly naive. I believed that I could do anything. I never for one moment thought that I couldn’t do it. I believe in hard work. In self-drive and self-worth.I’m a huge foodie, I love food. But when people say, ‘I can’t lose weight’, no no no, you can. Your body can do everything and anything, you just have to want to do it.”

Hmmm….

I blog about celebrities with apprehension here, because I sometimes wonder what’s going on behind the scenes. I, along with everyone else, remember Beyonce (the actress, not the dancer) admitting to doing the damn master cleanse to drop 20lbs for Dreamgirls… and the onslaught of people rushing to – literally – starve themselves to lose the weight. I remember the rumors about Jennifer Aniston relegating herself to a baby food diet in order to keep her weight down, and the empty shelves in the grocery stores that followed. Actors, to me, are just suspect. I approach everything with a healthy dose of skepticism… except Serena. She could walk across butt naked wearing dental floss and band-aids and I’d still love her. Sorry.

That being said, the comments on D-listed are interesting (and kinda funny, too):

In a way, she’s contradicted herself, because in publicity for Black Swan, she made losing the weight sound pretty arduous – very strict diet, 5-hour workouts every day.

She lost the 20 lbs for Black Swan, and according to This Article, she lost it over a period of 5 months, and she gained it back in days as soon as filming was finished.

Incidentally, that works out to losing an average of 4 pounds a month.

Do I think she has the “right” to say what she’s said? Of course. She’s speaking to/from someone’s reality of five-hour workouts and relentless dieting. I also think people need to strongly consider the source, and determine whether or not there’s any takeaways from what was said. More often than not, you may find that there aren’t any.

As far as the commenters… I always find it interesting that, whenever celebrity photos go up on these blogs, they’re so quick to chastise the star for gaining (or losing) weight… but whenever the post is related to weight loss, it’s full of “compassion” and reasons why people cannot, in fact, lose easily. I’m not knocking the “reasons why people struggle with losing,” but I am knocking all the chastising of people’s weight. I’m just saying… if it’s so hard to lose, we should remember that next time we see someone we believe has gained.

Thoughts?

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