Watch out, female celebrities: if you’ve ever expressed a taste for alcohol and ever happened to (maybe) put on a few pounds, the media’s likely to brand you an overweight lush. Radar Online just published a weird, sad, body-snarking article speculating that Lady Gaga‘s (supposed) recent weight gain is due to excessive drinking. I get that gossip sites need to run stories, but this claim seems baseless as well as just plain rude.
Radar got a nutritionist (who hasn’t treated Gaga) to comment on the singer’s body. Majid Ali, the nutritionist, said, “Gaga appears to have gained at least 30 pounds.” He adds that it’s probable her weight gain is due to drinking, because:
“Alcohol sugars can only be stored as fats. Whereas most sugars can be used as fuel and whatever is left over is stored. So all that drinking adds up as fat pretty quickly, no matter what the rest of her diet is like.”
If there’s one thing I hate, it’s hackish medical professionals attempting to diagnose people they don’t know and haven’t treated. I don’t think it’s reasonable to estimate that Gaga has gained 30 lbs by looking at one unflattering picture of her performing onstage (see original article).
The way Ali backs up his assumption that Gaga’s weight gain is due to drinking because she’s spoken about before about enjoying alcohol, something she (jokingly, it appears to me) called “the drunk diet.” She also explained that she always works out, even when she’s hungover, and that she also does crosstraining and yoga.
I’m just so confused about the logic that lead Radar and Ali to assume that Gaga’s been drinking too much. I’m assuming it goes something like,”Here’s Lady Gaga looking a bit plumper than usual. Oh, of course: it’s because she’s been drinking too much!” There are so many reasons why Gaga could have put on weight: stress, poor nutrition while touring, an injury. Or she could have just decided to lay off the working out and chill for a while. The fact that people are jumping to conclusions about her alcohol usage is ridiculous.
Reportedly, Gaga wants to lose ten pounds by going on a gluten-free diet, something else Radar shuts down by quoting the CEO of NutriFit, who said: “Gluten-free diets are for people who have allergies to gluten, are gluten sensitive or have Celiacs Disease – not for weight loss!” Wow, Gaga is getting judged from all sides here: she’s damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t, it looks like.
Gaga’s diet strategy and her feelings about her own body aside, Radar’s article is only contributing to our culture’s insane obsession with “acceptable” female bodies, especially those of female celebrities. But newsflash, Radar: Gaga’s habits, Gaga’s weight and Gaga’s body are no one’s business but her own.
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