I guess Ginnifer Goodwin recently said in an interview that she’s been using the Weight Watchers program since she was a preteen to manage her weight. Of course drama queens across the world who love to start shit about body image when they don’t really understand the issue chimed in and started saying she was somehow wrong for this.
Just read Ginnifer’s side of the story in People and see how NOT unhealthy her use of the program has been:
“I was so shocked when it was this whole, ‘Ginny’s been on a diet since she was 9 years old!’ I was like ‘No!’ I’ve never had body issues, I’ve never had an eating disorder,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’ve never had to go on a diet and that’s because of Weight Watchers.”
Goodwin, however, says she was an overweight child, which led her to the program. “I began to identify myself as fat.” Goodwin says. “At 9 years old I weighed about 10 lbs. less than what my weight is at 32. I needed to get help.”
“I ended up going to my mother crying,”she recalls. “With the counseling of my family doctor, my mother ended up turning to Weight Watchers and their children’s program. I went to weekly meetings, got counseling and would exercise with my peers who were my size. It was the first time I saw a proper children’s portion size, and it wasn’t two burgers, it was one.”
See? That’s why you don’t jump down people’s throats about how they handle their own weight issues and that’s also why we should probably stop grilling celebrities for their meal plans and diet tricks. The “tricks” are anything from “starvation” to “nature” depending on the person you’re talking to, everyone’s different.
I was really grabbed by this story because I too had weight issues growing up, especially around the age when Ginnifer said she started feeling self-conscious. I figured out my body and lost a bunch of weight when I got older, but I would have killed to have my eating broken down for me the way they do at Weight Watchers when I was that age. Hell, all parents should do this with their kids at a certain point, especially in a world where it’s harder and harder to find food that’s not chock full of preservatives and grossness. Putting your child on a model’s diet is one thing, but educating them so they have a healthy relationship with food should be like taking them to the dentist.
I’m sure Kelly Osbourne would agree.