Excuse me, but how does someone like Jennifer Lawrence get labeled as “obese?” I mean, just look at her. But according to the Hunger Games star, Hollywood has done it again and not only considers her fat, but obese.
Here’s what the 22-year-old actress told Elle in their upcoming December issue where she graced the cover:
In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress.
Lawrence went on to say that she is not giving in though to Hollywood’s standards by compromising her health or happiness–even if it’s for a role she’s playing on screen:
I’m never going to starve myself for a part… I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner. That’s something I was really conscious of during training, when you’re trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong- not thin and underfed.
We can only wish that more actresses and models would share the same standards. Think about the difference this could make with girls and women everywhere. Plus, like I said before, Jennifer Lawrence obese? Hardly. What does that really say about our society if we, first of all, go around labeling women all the time based on what their bodies look like; and second, now consider someone like Lawrence to be obese. It’s crazy. And sad.
But along with these stars, the media has the potential to change this, according to a new study just published by Durham University. It showed that our obsession over thin bodies could be swayed if advertising would show more plus size models:
In the preliminary study, women who habitually strongly preferred thin body shapes were significantly less keen on thin bodies after they had been shown pictures of plus size catalogue models. Conversely, showing slim models increased women’s preference for thin bodies.
Not that showing someone like Jennifer Lawrence is depicting plus size women by any means. It’s just that we, as a society, need to get over wanting to show only stick-thin models and stars all the time and labeling everyone else as “curvy” or “fat” or “obese” because many of them are clearly not. They’re just women who look beautiful and healthy. Like Lawrence.