Shame on You, People Magazine!

Did anyone else see this lovely little interactive “Battle of the Bulge” feature in People magazine? Celebs who “battled the bulge” and won? OY VEY.

Three of these women were PREGNANT this year!!! WTF?!

That “bulge” of which they speak, is a BABY BUMP! Give them a break!

While some of those weight loss stories are nice to read about and inspirational (Kelly Osbourne, to name one), I think categorizing pregnant women in the same category as these “bulge-battlers” just seems ridiculous to me!

Yes, it’s wonderful they lost weight post-baby — but do they need to be in the same grouping as celebs who lost weight?

Shouldn’t they have a separate category if they’re going to be “ranked”? I’ve never been pregnant, but isn’t it a bit mean and degrading to these new moms to call battling baby weight “battling the bulge”?

Let’s be real here; all sorts of new body image issues come enough with pregnancy — why make it even worse by including those new moms in this listing — especially knowing the average woman doesn’t have trainers, nannies and nutritionists on hand like many of these new moms?!

How about you? Am I alone here in my anger at this article?

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6 thoughts on “Shame on You, People Magazine!

  1. this is very sad. i think it is mean and degrading for any of these people to be categorized like this. these celebrities are all inredibly beautiful. this spectrum of society really depresses me sometimes.

  2. No, you are not alone in your anger, although I probably wouldn’t have heard about this if it wasn’t for you.

    I think the lesson here is that more of us need to be mindful of the influence of media and work to consciously reject those ideas that we don’t agree with. I think too many of us sheepishly fall for it and without ever knowing we’re doing it. To me, that is the sad part.

  3. I was just as disgusted as you were Melissa! I thought it was completely uncalled for and adds pressure to “normal” woman to lose weight in an unhealthy manner.

  4. I can’t believe they included pregnant women in the same category as those that just lost weight. I share your anger.

  5. I’m so sick of hearing about celebrities and their weight. Ugh. The fact that they included pregnant women here just shows that they’ve beaten all the other “celebrity bulge” characters to death.

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