Do They Eat?
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Jolie du Pre
January 2012
Contributor
Written by
Jolie du Pre
January 2012

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There was a theme with the actresses at the Golden Globes. Except for stars like Octavia Spencer, who won for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "The Help," and Melissa McCarthy, the award-winning actress of Mike & Molly, most of the actresses seen at the Golden Globes were walking stick figures. As a fellow writer friend told me about Angelina Jolie’s arms, “I could have snapped one in half with my bare hands.”

There were a lot of bony arms at the 69th Golden Globes, and lots of bony backs, too. (You couldn't tell what the legs looked like. Those were covered in flowing fabric.)


How do these actresses stay so skinny? Do they eat? I'm used to stars like Angelina Jolie looking horribly thin, but even stars like Sofia Vergara and Katherine McPhee looked thinner this year.

It's easier to stay skinny when you're in your 20s or 30s, but what about stars like Michelle Pfeiffer, who’s over 50, or Jane Fonda, who’s over 70 and who admitted that she has suffered from bulimia in the past? Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren looked “normal” but they’re in the minority.

It seems that in order to be a TV or movie star, you have to maintain a certain weight. Is it all just diet and exercise? No. Some stars get that look through bulimia. Some get it through anorexia. Some get it through medication. Says Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises rehab clinic, a place where many celebrities go, "stars routinely seek out and get addicted to prescription medications to pop the pounds. These drugs include: psychostimulants designed to decrease appetite, hormones such as thyroid hormone to boost one’s metabolism, the male hormone androgen to increase muscle mass, fat blockers to attempt to stop fat being absorbed in the gut, diuretics to increase the amount of water released from the body, and depression medications containing serotonin to diminish one’s desire to eat."

I'm sure given the way some of these stars look, they have their diet doctors on speed dial.

It's tempting to do things that you're not supposed to do to lose weight. Have I thought about making myself throw up after eating chocolate? Yes. Have I done it? No.

I’m using StickK to reach my goal of 130 pounds. So far, I'm on track.  But it won't include dangerous drugs, anorexia or bulimia.

I'm 151 pounds, and I'm losing weight. I'm doing it because 151 pounds is not normal for me and I'm not interested in making it my "new normal." I trust my instincts. If my husband doesn't have a problem with my love handles, that doesn't mean I'm okay with them. If my friends tell me I don’t need to lose weight, that doesn’t mean they're right.

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