Dieting today has become a pretty toxic and unhealthy culture. On a massive scale, it all began with celebrities — the ones who live under the never-ending pressure to lose weight as fast as possible. And now it looks like we’re finally seeing how it all ends up, as the same public figures are speaking out about why it’s so important to understand the manipulative nature of this industry.
We at Bright Side have found 8 famous figures who seem to have had enough and don’t want to be a part of this big glamorous lie anymore.
1. Jameela Jamil
On her Instagram, Jameela Jamil wrote how sick and tired she was of the lies celebrities spread about their diet routine. Like many of us, for a very long time, she consumed all those bad products and followed many toxic diet tips to maintain the tiny weight she saw in the pictures.
All this harmed her metabolism and digestive system for life. It also damaged her fertility, let alone the effect it had on her mental health as a growing teen. So now, Jamil says she’s not going to stop until people are taught to be better allies to women and stop selling all those dangerous products.
2. Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling also used to be someone who went through tough diets every time a big event was coming up. She stopped eating, would go on juice cleanses, etc. But it never worked for her. Instead of looking great and healthy, she was left in a state of deprivation.
“I think I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m the healthiest I’ve been,” says Kaling. “I wanna stop a cycle of yo-yo dieting and all that. I would love to never think about that again.” She refuses to put any pressure on herself about the way she looks. She simply wants to live a long life and be able to take care of her kids.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence openly critiques the media and shows like Fashion Police. She admits that they are teaching generations of young people to judge other people, putting completely wrong values in their heads, and keeping unrealistic expectations for women.
The media shows only perfect, airbrushed images. “You just have to look past it,” says Lawrence. “You look how you look. And be comfortable.” She adds that there’s no point in being hungry every single day just to make other people happy. It’s a very silly thing to do.
Rihanna also agrees that the fashion industry is indoctrinating women to have an unhealthy attitude toward their bodies. They use only super-skinny girls and the singer doesn’t advise youngsters ever to try to copy their idols because it simply isn’t possible to maintain such a thin figure.
In particular, she says that girls shouldn’t be pressured by the fashion industry to try to be as thin as all those models because “they only want models that are like human mannequins.” Rihanna points out that we should always remember it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that: “It’s not realistic, and it’s not healthy.”
5. Amy Schumer
On Katie Couric’s podcast, Amy Schumer explained how she tried to lose some weight for a movie, but then realized that beauty and body were not her “currency” and simply weren’t her thing. She feels beautiful and strong without it all.
She fully understands she’s not going to be the most beautiful girl in the world, so she doesn’t even try to become any other version of herself. She simply chooses to love what she is right now rather than live in eternal dissatisfaction.
6. Camila Mendes
Camila Mendes declared she was done with dieting pretty long ago. She started to encourage her followers to give up unhealthy dieting habits as well, and started to spread the idea that all those tireless efforts to get thin won’t make anybody healthy or happy.
She also states that our body type is subject to genetics. Of course, we can eat nutrient-dense foods and exercise regularly, and it really will make us healthier. But it will not necessarily make us thinner and get us any closer to the ideal image in our heads. “The ideal body type is a healthy one,” says Mendes. “And that will look different for every person.”
7. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato agrees that our society gets caught up in diet culture. After all, nearly every commercial we see is either about weight loss pills or some fitness routine or all about food. It’s as if they sell the one and only way to become happy once and for all. Celebrities are no exception — they also fall for promises of magic results, happiness, and health.
Only this time, it all ended up with a food disorder, which Lovato is currently recovering from. It turned out everything in moderation is fine. The singer even stopped dieting and gained some weight. But she feels even happier since she’s not restricting herself from any foods.
8. Lili Reinhart
The Riverdale star wrote that it’s literally insane to openly admit to starving yourself for the sake of the Met Gala. It’s irresponsible to do so, knowing that millions of young fans are looking at their idols and listening to every word they say.
Reinhart has been an advocate for body acceptance for a long time. She asks to stop supporting “celebrities whose entire image revolves around their bodies.” She says she’s not generally an angry person, but the toxicity of the industry really gets to her.
How has today’s diet culture influenced you? Please share your stories and experience with us all in the comments below.