Gossip sites are saying that Miley Cyrus has lost weight in January, and according to In Touch Weekly, she paid $50,000 to do it. But it’s not the money that shocks me (although the figure does make me wonder why I’m not in the business of personal training); it’s the fact that she supposedly lost 15 pounds in two weeks. No matter how many experts you enlist to help you do it, losing that much weight that rapidly is just dangerous.
In Touch says Miley was determined to lose the weight for her apearance at the January 11 Peoples Choice Awards, and her recent beach vacation with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, in Hawaii. They quoted “a pal” of Miley’s as saying:
“Miley probably spent $50,000 to lose 15 pounds in a few weeks,” the friend says. “She didn’t care what it cost as long as she looked good!”
Said pal also informed them that the five-figure weight loss plan involved her trainer, Harley Pasternak, a nutritionist, and a personal chef, which is at least a healthier approach than Beyonce’s master cleanse, but still: Just because a trainer and nutritionist involved doesn’t make rapid weight loss any less damaging.
Now, Miley Cyrus isn’t exactly shopping around her story to the media like Snooki or some Victoria’s Secret Models, so she’s hardly to blame for promoting unhealthy weight loss methods to her young fans. But tabloids that call out her weight—then claim they know exactly how much weight she lost and how long it took—only send bad messages to women and girls.
The fans who look up to Miley are still just girls, and at just 19 years old, so is she; with the exception of those struggling with child obesity (which she’s not, clearly), this isn’t an age group that should be worried about extreme diets or significant weight loss. But stories like these promote an obsession with weight and looks, and build up myths about weight loss and health.
For the record, it’s highly unlikely that Miley—who was thin to begin with—lost 15 pounds on her already-small frame. And either way: 15 pounds in two weeks is only in the “healthy” range for someone who’s extremely obese. For most women, losing two pounds per week is a good maximum goal.