We’re now coming up on almost a full year of Mindy Kaling crushing it when it comes to body positivity and a health outlook toward weight and weight loss. In November of last year, I wrote about how much I loved her honest discussion about diets in her then-new memoir. But since she started on her new show, The Mindy Project, Kaling has been going above and beyond, with awesome interviews like this one in USA Weekend, where she addressed her family history of heart disease, going on jogs, and women’s health.
Kaling has been candid about her desire to eat healthy and work out–but mostly so that she can be able to run a show. She’s also admitted that she loves to learn about diet and even try them sometimes, which I can definitely relate to. But in this most recent interview, Kaling addresses something that’s an important consideration for all women: Heart disease.
…When I’m not in production, I go for jogs five to six days a week…There’s a history of heart attacks on my father’s side of the family, so I do think about cardiovascular health.
I’m an avid slow jogger. I always hesitate to go on runs with my friends because my pace is so slow. I’m talking about an 11-minute mile over an hour and a half.
This interview also points to another important reason to make the switch to healthier eating–it fights fatigue. Which is critical for someone as busy as Kaling.
I’ve recently realized that in order to keep my energy up, I had to start eating better. It’s not just for weight loss. I love candy and pizza, but they actually make me very tired. I need to be alert.
Of course, because Kaling plays a doctor in her new show, the subject of her views on health and health care will likely be coming up in a lot of interviews. Because, for some reason, playing a doctor on television seems to make interviewers assume actors have information on the subject? I’m never really sure why.
However, in the case of Mindy Kaling, it’s a little different. She does actually have some insight on topics of health and doctoring; her mother, who passed away in January, was an OB/GYN. That experience growing up seems to have helped Kaling develop a strong passion for the importance of women’s health, too.
“It’s important to have Pap smears and to get tested regularly for sexually transmitted diseases,” she told the magazine, adding that “the HPV vaccine for teenagers is also important.”
Seriously, Mindy Kaling. Just when I thought I couldn’t love you anymore, you go and discuss pressing health issues in a pragmatic, awesome way.
Image via The Mindy Project‘s Facebook