April 7, 2009

Celebrities Need a Reality Check!

Valerie Bertinelli was on Oprah last week. Apparently, Jenny Craig has done her good. She really does look fabulous in a bikini for any age, so when you factor in that she's 48 and has a child, it's almost freakish. That's why, when she said, "This is a realistic body. Anyone could do it", I got pissed for all those middle-aged women out there who truly can't. I was mad on their behalf.

What Valerie said was really just insensitive and untrue. Many 48 year old women CAN'T be a size two and they shouldn't be made to feel that this is an ideal to which they have to live up. First off, there's the TIME to exercise. Even if you make time for your health because you want to live long and be strong, an hour a day three or four times a week is probably the maximum you can spare. Not everyone can afford to have as much leisure time as "the wealthy through Hollywood work and marriage" Bertinelli. She works out basically every day. Most 48 year olds I know have 9-5 jobs, kids and partners to manage. It is NOT their job to look good as it is with Hollywood actresses, so they don't have the time or the money to spend 2 hours a day at an at-home gym - most times they don't even have Valerie's at-home gym!

Not only this, but some women are already going through menopause at 48, at which point your hormones get out of wack and sure, it's still possible to be a HEALTHY weight, but a size two because something many women WILL never again be at that point.

Another annoying celebrity body is Gwyneth Paltrow. Don't get me wrong, the girl looks amazing. But I wish she'd admit to her privileged position. Working out two hours a day with your personal trainer would make most of us look fabulous, but the fact that we don't do it doesn't mean we're what Paltrow refers to as "one of those mothers who doesn't care." You might care a great deal about your health, your body and how you look (Look at the media! It tries to convince most women to care every time we watch a simple talk show). You might wish you could do what Gwyneth does. But you can't, because you can't afford Tracy Anderson, an at-home state-of-the-art- workout studio or two hours a day away from work or your kids. Bitch please, you look good, Gwyneth, and good for you, but it's not because you, Madonna and Valerie are the only mothers around who "care."

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