Well it took exactly one week from the divorce announcement by Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise for the weight critiques to start. Just last week we learned that the couple, who had been married for five years and who have a six-year-old daughter Suri, is calling it quits. Rather, Katie is calling it quits.
Now, we have the pleasure of reading headlines like this one from Radar Online, “Katie Holmes Wasting Away! Divorce Stress Makes Weight Plummet To Estimated ’100 Pounds’.” Who knew stress worked so quickly? Or that the woman who has been seen out in public, smiling with her daughter and quickly telling paparazzi, “I’m alright,” was suffering on the inside?
Of course, divorce is a stressful time. It also should be a private time for a family, especially one with a child, to figure out what will work best for them. It’s completely possible that Katie Holmes is in emotional distress, which can have an impact on one’s weight. However, this woman doesn’t look any different now than she did a week before she announced her divorce. And taking pictures from awkward angles can always produce “shocking” pictures of skinny stars.
This piece has every hallmark of “completely fabricated controversy.” Let’s dissect the various elements here.
They start out by criticizing her appearance and throwing in a quick jab about her mothering abilities, just for good measure.
When the 33-year-old single mom stepped out in New York City on Thursday, the sharp bones jutting from her vertebra and ribcage as she struggled to carry daughter Suri were a startling sight for everyone around her.
She struggled to carry her daughter? Really? That’s just disgraceful. Then, there was the obligatory professional opinion from someone who has never treated Katie Holmes.
“She is very thin. Stress so easily dampens the appetite and the hormones caused by it intentionally block hunger signals,” nutritional expert Majid Ali, who has not treated the star, told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
“Prolonged stress and poor appetite leads the body to eat its own muscle and fat,” he warned. “Her best bet would be to try and get small bites of food in throughout the day or smoothies or protein shakes if easier and faster.”
Otherwise known as the Dr. Drew section of the piece, the professional opinion always pretends to be trying to help the person who never asked for their advice. Then, we finish the oh-so-cliche weight watch by reminding everyone of the stress-inducing issue and giving a quick jab about the trouble to come. Again, it needs to seem like we might be concerned about the star, instead of just body-snarking.
Moving forward, the Jack & Jill star is going to need all the strength she can muster in her upcoming bitter legal battle with the Mission Impossible star after she requested sole physical custody of the couple’s 6-year-old daughter.
Pointing out their two previous flicks was particularly harsh if you ask me.
Stars cannot win when it comes to stress and weight in the public eye. Either the media will comment that they’re losing weight due to stress or that they’re stress-eating and packing on the pounds. We seem to be incapable of any moderation or even accepting that someone could stay healthy through a relatively difficult time in their lives.
The only thing more predictable than Katie Holmes’s weight watch is the pretend concern spread throughout the nonsense. If we were really concerned for Katie Holmes, we wouldn’t critique her body a week after she announced an important event in her life at all. If we were really concerned, we would let this woman go about her day without examining her vertebrae and ribcage.