Jessica Simpson sure has taken a lot of heat about her weight lately–the weight she has gained because she is pregnant, people. But not everyone understands that–even one doctor who says that we women just use pregnancy as an excuse to let ourselves go and gain all sorts of weight.
Dr. Francine Shapiro, author of Getting Past Your Past, insensitively–and ignorantly–told Fox News that we’re all a bunch of fatties who can’t control ourselves when we get pregnant:
Women should not starve themselves to keep from gaining weight, nor should they overindulge and overeat. Some women take pregnancy as an excuse for ‘letting go.’ If she is exceeding medical guidelines by gaining 50 pounds rather than the recommended 25 pounds, she is clearly not a role model for pregnant women. But then she never signed on to be one.
Um, when did only gaining 25 pounds during pregnancy become the new standard of health? Most women I know–including me–gained a lot more than that, and it had nothing to do with the fact that we were using those nine months to become fat, lazy slobs. And, if you ask me, Simpson’s healthy body image and confidence is the ideal role model for pregnant women these says.
To make matter worse, even other women, like Joy Behar dissed Simpson’s pregnant body on The View yesterday by calling the mom-to-be “fat.”
Remember the the time that Jessica Simpson was criticized because she didn’t know the difference between chicken and tuna? That kind of thing is more fun to criticize than the fact that the girl is fat.
Behar went on to perpetuate the myth of how much weight-gain is “normal”:
Most women who are pregnant are not supposed to gain more than 25 pounds. She looks like she gained a lot more than that.
There is that 25 pound figure again. I must have missed that memo when I was pregnant. Actually, according to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended weight gain for someone of a “normal” body weight is 25-35 pounds. But those are only guidelines. Each woman is different; each pregnancy is different. And even if someone exceeds that, this is no time to body bash.
Luckily, not everyone is finding it their duty to find fault with Simpson’s body these days. Sarah Palin had a totally different take on the Today show yesterday:
I would have wanted to punch [Jessica's critics] in the neck. It’s none of anybody else’s business how much weight I would gain.
Then the former Alaskan governor added:
This isn’t even an issue. Hollywood . . is full of itty-bitty people, people [who are] unrealistically tiny.
Right on, Sarah. For once, I agree with you!
Can we all just leave Simpson–and every other pregnant woman–alone?