Breaking news, everybody: Demi Moore is really, really skinny again. (So apparently there was a period of time in the past 5 or 10 years when she wasn't really, really skinny? Guess I missed that one.) Some recent pics of a super-svelte Moore leaving the gym have everybody wondering if the Ashton Kutcher/Mila Kunis thing is sending the star back into breakdown mode. Which is possible, of course.
But because she's famous, the truth is that Demi Moore will never be able to win the "ideal weight" game. As soon as a celebrity loses or gains a few too many pounds, the rumors start flying: Maybe Angelina Jolie has hepatitis C! Is Lady Gaga pregnant? Does LeAnn Rimes have an eating disorder? Lindsay Lohan must be using drugs again! Even men in the public eye deal with this particular kind of scrutiny -- hello, Macaulay Culkin?
What makes us automatically assume that even slight fluctuations in a celebrity's weight mean that something is wrong? That the person is somehow sick? (Pregnancy is an exception, but it's still a huge assumption to make.)
I mean, do we leap to the same conclusions about people we actually know personally? Do we look our friends and family members up and down, using the size of their hips or thighs as an overall well-being barometer?
Hmm, wait a minute ... we sort of do. Whoops. Maybe that's the real question, then -- not why do we judge celebrities by their bodies, but why do we judge EVERYBODY by their bodies? Think about it -- how many times have you, for example, noticed your friend's usually snug jeans hanging a little low and asked, "Is everything okay?" Or, how many times have you noticed your friends usually baggy jeans fitting a bit snugly and asked, "So, have any big news for me?"
I'm not sure, but it doesn't seem fair.
Why do you think we judge people in general by their weight?
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