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Y’all Need To Leave Ginnifer Goodwin Alone For Being On Weight Watchers Since She Was Nine

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.

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  • Weight watchers may be good, but what about the old proven nutritional standard…. eat less, exercise more. Sure, parents have to avoid McDonalds every other day to achieve this, but for most kids I don’t think that they need such strict counseling. Just a little common sense and help from the parental units.

    • Buddy unless you go through you dont know shit. :) It’s easy to say i’m going to do this but when it comes down to it, its hard to get done and work at it everyday so with either being a child or adult its nice to have a support team behind you… I’ve been trying to lose weight since I was 12, I’m 21 now and i’m just starting to make a different before my weight would go up then down up then down… I wish I had people to educate and help me and my parents about these things when I was younger….

  • I’m glad her parents went the healthy route by choosing a program that teaches about proper nutrition, portion size, and the need to be active.

  • Well put, well written article. The lesson about not jumping down peoples shit the second someone says something about something (vague enough?) is good advice all round..

    I ain’t sayin’ YOU have. But if you do I’ll call you on it. And hopefully vice versa..

    Good article!

  • Poor Ginnifer. I was lucky enough to be a very active kid so weight was never a problem for me. When I got older and gave up the sports, I found I couldn’t eat the way I used to and it took a long time to come around to that.

    My mother has struggled with her weight over the years and had huge success with Weight Watchers, but when she stopped following their plan – the weight piled back on. She’s 53 and is about to give it another go. I might send her this article, Weight Watchers seems to be more of a long term lifestyle choice than just a weight loss method.

    My husband-to-be is passionate about nutrition and health, I hope we can teach our children to give their bodies what they need – good food and exercise with the occasional treat.