When Tracy Anderson had her baby, we nervously anticipated her post-baby weight loss approach. And for good reason: Shortly after giving birth, the star told Dujour magazine that she thinks ” a lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go.” But on the Today show this morning, she defended her comments, saying they were taken out of context, and that she only wants to empower women…by selling them a set of nine pregnancy workout DVDs, apparently.
Her comment got a lot of heat, understandably, and Today host Savannah Guthrie pointed this out when she interviewed Anderson alongside her client Molly Sims, who spoke about her recent pregnancy and how much weight she gained.
I can completely see why they would take offense to that…I’m glad you brought it up because it just give me another opportunity to say that that is not what I meant and that was taken out of context as you know many times in interviews things are. [...] I’ve built my career on empowering women and giving them the tools they need to look and feel their best and be their healthiest. Unfortunately during my first pregnancy I gained 60 pounds and it was really rough and I’ve learned later on in life that a healthier approach and having the tools to not do that is kind of a better way to go.
Her approach to empowerment seems to be selling “The Pregnancy Project,” a set of nine fitness DVDs for all nine months of pregnancy. She says:
I’m here to give women the tools through their pregnancy and after their pregnancy so that they can have the real content to be connected to their bodies and look and feel their best.
For her part, Sims was open about the difficulty she’s had with the changes to her body and pressure to look a certain way, especially as a woman approaching 40.
Sims’ frankness was inspiring, but if we’re all going to be honest, I think Anderson needs to own up to the fact that her whole career as a celebrity trainer is based on helping women change their bodies to conform to the pressure that Sims says is so damaging.
Health is empowering, and helping people learn to take care of their bodies is a great service, indeed. But focusing on looks and weight instead of function and well-being isn’t exactly altruistic.
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