Jersey Shore‘s Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi showed off photos of herself in a swimsuit on Twitter this week, causing new commentary on her “super slim” figure. But the latest evidence of Snooki’s weight loss just makes her seem more like a poster child for how not to lose weight. Between the badly-done photoshop (is anyone else wondering where the bottom of her “monokini” went?), the risky Zantrex-3 diet pills she’s been using to lose weight, and her clear problems with body image in the past, we just wish we could give her a hug and a good body image counselor.
[UPDATE: Now Snooki wants breast implants as a weight loss reward.]
The star went on Zantrex-3 back in September, as part of a promotion for the diet drug’s manufacturer (in fact, when tabloids started rumors that she’d used HCG to lose weight, she tweeted: ‘Glad to hear reports that say I look good =) but it’s not because of HCG! Thanks @Zantrex!‘) On the Wendy Williams show last month, she said it helped her get her weight down to 103 pounds, just five above her goal weight of 98 (which at 4’9″ puts her squarely in the “normal” weight range according to BMI charts). But doctors have been outspoken over their concern that the diet pill, which contains 12 times more caffeine than espresso and is classified as a “supplement” so that it doesn’t have to get approval from the FDA. Many say the high levels of caffeine can cause increased heart rate, palpitations, anxiety, cold sweats, nausea, diarrhea, and irritability.
To top off her dangerous weight loss methods, the reality star has had long-term struggles with her weight, in part because of the criticism she’s gotten for her weight. In a recent interview with In Touch, she pressed that she isn’t losing weight for the wrong reasons:
I didn’t lose weight for them. I did it for me…When I work out and eat right, I feel healthier and happier.
But the constant ups and downs with her weight, combined with confessions of past eating disorders and her risky approach to weight loss don’t exactly paint a picture of a young woman who’s taken control of her health. We hope that Snooki goes off the Zantrex, and finds a good nutritionist to get her eating (and drinking) straight.
Photo: Twitter and Facebook/Snooki