Kirstie Alley’s new weight loss company, Organic Liaison, celebrated its grand opening earlier this month, attracting attention in Hollywood and skepticism among some customers: Can a fat woman really give good weight loss advice? For many, including Carter Cramer of The Faster Times, the answer is no: “…it’s not like she has solved her own problem here, and therefore has great knowledge to impart. Today, as she unveils her new, revolutionary system, she would still be classified as overweight, and therefore it would be only fair to assume that she has not conquered her own weight issues. I think the phrase “lead by example” can be called upon here,” he says.
Kirstie Alley’s lack of expertise makes her an easy target for criticism, but plenty of other personal trainers, yoga teachers, nutritionists, and doctors are judged purely on the basis of their looks before they’ve had a chance to demonstrate their qualifications, skills, or knowledge. Even if you don’t judge your doctor’s worth by the size of her waist, most of us are far more motivated by fitness instructors with sculpted arms and legs than one with a thick waist and droopy butt.
Lucky for most nutritionists and yoga teachers, they’re essentially paid to work out and watch what they eat; it would be hard for them not to look like fitness idols. But there are plenty of health professionals who have the same struggle that we do: Lots of time spent at a desk, long work hours that make it hard to hit the gym, and just as much difficulty finding healthy food options in their absurdly short lunch breaks. So why wouldn’t they have just as much trouble managing their weight as the rest of us?
Kirstie Alley’s weight has gone up and down more times than we care to count (which has been a cash-cow in its own right), and as Cramer points out, she doesn’t seem to have found or maintained her “healthy weight.” While she does have the help of trained experts on her side (registered dietitian Dr. Deborah Klein, MS RD is the program’s Health Director), the program strongly promotes Alley, and no one else, as its creator and face. But we want to know: Do you think fat people can give good health advice? Take our poll:
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