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Keira Knightley's Rumored 'Anorexia' Reminds Us Thin Women Don't Always Have It Easy

by Deborah Cruz on November 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Keira KnightlyActress Keira Knightley's nearly naked Allure cover -- and her interview inside the magazine -- are getting a lot of buzz this week. Not only is she showing off her ultra thin frame in just a Chanel jacket and Tom Ford tuxedo pants and talking about her small breasts (she uses the "T" word liberally to describe them), she's also addressing the anorexia rumors that have dogged her for ages.

Knightley, 27, is beautiful, famous, and talented -- and it seems like she has it all together at a relatively young age. Her figure is what most women would consider pretty close to perfect. But even the most gorgeous women can be left feeling vulnerable about their bodies.

Knightley acknowledges that her weight has been the subject of heavy scrutiny for a long time. People have called her anorexic because of her waif-like frame. It's speculation the star adamantly denies.

The anorexic stuff -- all of that -- it's always going to have an impact, so I think it did hit pretty hard. Because you go, 'Oh, maybe that's right!' I knew I wasn't anorexic, but maybe my body is somehow not right. Or my face is not right. Or the way I speak is not right.

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Who in Hollywood has not been accused of having an eating disorder? Let’s be honest -- celebrity culture imposes ridiculous body-type standards on today’s actresses. It seems that almost every female star fits one of three categories: pregnant because her tummy is a little bloated, anorexic because she is as thin as Hollywood demands, or obese because she is above a size 6.

Even if you are thin, criticism of your body can still affect your self-esteem. It's not just overweight women who are insecure about their size. Thin women are sometimes given just as hard a time. And body image issues are not really about size at all -- they are about perception. They're a state of mind.

Thin girls typically don’t get as much sympathy or attention because people expect that if you are naturally thin, you should be happy. As if being skinny is a privilege. But when you're called anorexic or told you need to eat more because of the slim figure you were born with, it's just as easy to feel bad about yourself as if you were ridiculed for being fat. Just ask Keira Knightley.

Do you think that girls who are too thin suffer the same self- esteem issues as those of us who are overweight?


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Filed Under: body image, eating disorders, celebrities

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  • momof...
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    momof3cuties987

    November 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    I used to be super skinny in high school and always was accused of being anorexic.  I used to drink weight gainers and stuff myself full of food trying to gain weight and couldn't.  I definately had horrible self esteem because of it.  I always felt that I got made fun of and heard way more comments than any one who was fat because people were more sympathethetic to that.  People need to mind their own business and stop worrying about other people's bodies because it hurts no matter what!


  • Megan...
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    Megan Lee

    November 15, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    I recently (well...over a course of a year and a bit) went from weighing approx. 150+lbs to 116.
    I've been on both ends of the spectrum..
    Scrutinized because I was too fat, now people to tell me to eat because I'm "too skinny".
    It's honestly so hard to win... I agree with momof3cuties ... people need to just stop worrying a
    bout other people's bodies...It does hurt, skinny, chunky or fat...


  • CPN322
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    CPN322

    November 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Thank you for this.


  • KAV1970
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    KAV1970

    November 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I was a skinny girl forever & I'm 5'6" & weighed between 110-115 for all of my young adult life - even after having a kid. Fortunately I don't come from a family that obsesses about looks or weight - those things never ever crossed my mind as an adolescent or young woman. People need to leave naturally thin women alone just like they tend to leave larger women alone - either way it's harrassment & it can harm a person's self-image no matter how strong they are. So, if you wouldn't say it to a fat woman don't say it to a skinny woman.


  • jeann...
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    jeannie39

    November 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    It seens like people find a reason to comment on every body type. I was always super thin and flat chested. Now that I'm older, I've gained weight from meds. and people  say, Wow, you sure have put on a lot of weight and you uses to be so little. A person can't win for losing. People seem to have lost their natural filter and feel it is fine to say things like this. I think everyone has something they don't like about the bodies.

     People will judge other for something, anything, to make themselves feel better. People need to worry about themselves and leave others alone. Nobody is perfect even though Hollywood and the media wants people to thing there are.


  • jeann...
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    jeannie39

    November 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    It seens like people find a reason to comment on every body type. I was always super thin and flat chested. Now that I'm older, I've gained weight from meds. and people  say, Wow, you sure have put on a lot of weight and you uses to be so little. A person can't win for losing. People seem to have lost their natural filter and feel it is fine to say things like this. I think everyone has something they don't like about the bodies.

     People will judge other for something, anything, to make themselves feel better. People need to worry about themselves and leave others alone. Nobody is perfect even though Hollywood and the media wants people to thing there are.


  • Sarah...
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    Sarah Johnston

    November 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    I've always been really skinny. In high school, I got asked, very hatefully and regularly, if I was anorexic. Ya know who was always doing the asking? Obese girls. So I learned a long time ago that the more they hate/ridicule you, the more awesome you must look/be!
  • Lexi...
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    Lexi jordan

    November 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    I've been on both ends. I'm 5"6 and I didn't hit 100lbs until I was 18! I couldn't gain weight if my life depended on it, I got bugged for being skinny constantly and was hated on by my regular sized "friends". I went up to a normal weight of 120, people started being nicer, then I hit my highest weight at 145 and people said i was getting "chunky for my size". WTF does that even mean? I do think that both sides have it tough but usually its the people in the obese side that have it worse.
  • Panda86
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    Panda86

    November 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I like this article. My whole life i have been skinny.. with both my pregnancies i gained 50 lbs and finally thought i would keep some weight on. In each case, after a couple of weeks i slimmed back down to my "normal" weight. It's horrible that people assume skinny girls are lucky and they don't have body complexes about being too skinny. I would never tell an over weight person to stop eating so much.. idk who gave our society the ok to tell skinny people they need to eat a hamburger or they are wayy too skinny. Some people can eat and eat and never gain. Skinny doesn't always mean anorexic just like overweight doesn't always mean lazy.


  • fleur...
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    fleurdelys3110

    November 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Thank you for this. I'm 5'8" and 105 pounds. I couldn't gain weight even if I tried. I remember as far back as elementary school other girls accusing me of being anorexic. I've been extremely skinny since birth; it's just the way I'm built. Not that I'm complaing; I like being skinny. But being called anorexic or bulemic really, really hurts.


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