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Contradictory Weight Loss

Jennifer Love Hewitt's Weight Loss, Thoughts on Body Image

— August 17, 2008 — Pop Culture
Jennifer Love Hewitt’s weight loss is bringing body image discussions back into the limelight.  For context, Jennifer lost 18 pounds in 10 weeks.  This kind of dramatic weight loss is often controversial as it adds more attention to the obsession with thin and inspires unhealthy diets. 

The weight loss also seems controversial to her fans because she made statements about the impact of the media on body image.

In this case, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s dramatic weight loss is the cover story for US weekly, and no doubt having an impact on teens and their body image.

Prior to the weight loss, the media was being quite rude to Jennifer Love Hewitt. TMZ.com, for example, noted, “We know what you ate this summer, Love—everything!”

However, Jennifer responded to TMZ’s comment with an upbeat message about body image. “I’ve sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women’s bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I’m not upset for me, but for all the girls out there that are struggling with their body image.”

She also noted, “To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini — put it on and stay strong.”

Since those comments, Love dramatically lost weight, creating a bit of controversy relative to her past statements. Many believe such a fast change can only be the result of unhealthy excessive dieting. She attributes her change to having a good workout regimen. 

Regardless of HOW she lost the weight, there is a big pop culture impact created by the way the media triumphs Hewitt’s new body.

At Trend Hunter, we’ve covered many stories about skinny, from Madrid banning skinny models on the runway, to China wanting only thin and tall reps in the Olympics. 

Here are some more stories creating impact in the world of female body image:
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