Hello Wednesday. How’s it going for you this morning?
I have a little bit of a controversial topic to bring up this morning. I watch the Today Show every morning, while I eat breakfast, have coffee and do work. It’s a background noise thing for the morning. Depending on what I have going on for the day, I’ll catch it at different times. So far I’ve heard Lady Gaga’s weight gain talked about once on Kathie Lee & Hoda and once on the 8 o’clock hour on the regular Today Show. Both times I sat, watched and listened while they showed pictures and talked about it.
If you don’t know, Lady Gaga has come out and said on Z100 that she has gained 25 pounds since Christmas. She attributes it to her love of eating and her father’s restaurant mostly. There have been pictures posted everywhere about her weight gain and then yesterday I was watching Joy Bauer’s segment (which I usually love) and at the end she added that Lady Gaga doesn’t have to let go of her pizza or pasta, but she should just bulk up her meals with veggies and lean protein. While I know it was good intentioned, (and she even tweeted me back to apologize!) I just didn’t understand why Lady Gaga needed to be brought up. The segment had NOTHING to do with her and it seemed like a random after thought just to talk about celebrity weight gain.
First of all, Lady Gaga is by NO means overweight. She gained weight. So what. Have we not all been there?
Second of all, have you seen the pictures of her weight gain? This is not what we should be talking about. What does it mean for our society and for young girls body image if images like that are looked at as “overweight” or weight gain.
Third, if you’ve seen the pictures of her from behind in fishnets.… has anyone in the media thought about what they would look like if they were put in that outfit? Who actually looks flattering from that angle? And it’s amazing that she is so confident that she’ll rock this outfit…at any size…because I certainly would not.
In what land is this a “fuller figure”? This is why we have major body image & dysmorphia problems.
I have so many problems with this because of the focus on perfection. Lady Gaga isn’t perfect and guess what, either are any of us. We need to let up on the pressure to be thin and perfect and focus on being fit and healthy.
Fit and healthy also means not eating perfectly 100% of the time or getting in a workout every single day in order to be “good enough” or worthy.
I don’t know if it’s being pregnant that’s fired me up so much or if I’m just sick of our obsession with being perfect and achieving that perfect body or diet. Life is about SO much more than that. Trust me, I understand the allure of having a rock hard body, but when you are sacrificing living life because you need to get in a workout or you need to stay home to get in the right amount of protein, then you need to reevaluate and look inward at what you are doing to yourself.
I’m happy that Lady Gaga is focusing so much on the positive and started a Body Revolution movement, where she’s encouraging her fans to embrace their flaws. Lady Gaga wrote on her website, “May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous. Now that the body revolution has begun, be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities.”
(Edited to add: I thought I should note, I have no issue about Lady Gaga wanting to lose weight, I just feel like either way it’s her choice and not a big deal that requires all this media coverage. I know she’s a celebrity, which is why it’s in the news. I feel it should be celebrated and/or ignored because she’s a REAL woman who deals with weight gains and losses, just like you and me!)
What do you think? Do you think all the talk around Lady Gaga is a big deal? Do you not care at all?