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Melissa Rycroft's Alarming 'DWTS' Weight Loss Is the Show's Latest Dangerous Slim-Down

by Sasha Brown-Worsham on November 14, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Melissa RycroftThe other day as I was watching Dancing With the Stars, I noticed something alarming: Melissa Rycroft has become really, REALLY skinny. She was always a beautiful and toned woman, but she has become a beautiful and rail-thin one. The show has many benefits, but one of the big ones right now is the weight loss.

Stars like Kirstie Alley, Kelly Osbourne, and others have touted the weight loss on the show as one of the biggest perks, and that makes sense. IF you have weight to lose. Rycroft? Does not.

The show is great for dancing and for so many other things, but if it's becoming thin, then it might not be the healthiest show on TV. After all, we are already constantly bombarded by images of rain-thin celebs, many of whom go ON the show in the first place. And now the "normal" ones have to become too skinny, too? How is this healthy?

It's great that the show has become a place where people can show off their hot bods. But it's also frustrating that the weight loss is caused by 9 to 10 hours of heavy working out EVERY SINGLE DAY.

The stars may lose that weight in the short term, but maintaining it in the long term might be harder. And that's assuming it was even healthy in the first place for them to lose weight.

It seems like, while losing weight used to just be something that happened, it has now become a reason people go on the show. As anyone who has ever lost weight knows, the second you start getting major accolades for weight loss -- "OMG, you look SO great!" -- it becomes that much more of a struggle.

After all, all those compliments become the reason to stay thin. Just how BAD did I look before? Rycroft never needed to lose weight, but she is super competitive. Is it possible that she wanted to compete with some of the other thinner stars? Is it possible that she is forgetting to eat because she is so busy with her family, work, and the show? All of it is possible, but none of it adds up to healthy weight loss.

The more this show becomes about weight loss, the more injuries we will see. Mark my words. This is not what the show is about, and it needs to be less of a "thing."

Do you think Melissa is getting too thin?

 

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  • Cass
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    Cass

    November 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM
    Everybody on that show is burning thousands of calories a day, in addition to their basal metabolic burn. That is an insane amount of food to eat, especially if you're like Melissa, who, as I suspect, is probably used to eating very healthily. Changing her eating habits could also damage her in the long run, since she won't be dancing like this forever. She's happy and kicking ass- why take away from that with feigned concern about her health?
  • Cass
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    Cass

    November 14, 2012 at 6:29 PM
    Everybody on that show is burning thousands of calories a day, in addition to their basal metabolic burn. That is an insane amount of food to eat, especially if you're like Melissa, who, as I suspect, is probably used to eating very healthily. Changing her eating habits could also damage her in the long run, since she won't be dancing like this forever. She's happy and kicking ass- why take away from that with feigned concern about her health?
  • tuffy...
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    tuffymama

    November 14, 2012 at 7:02 PM
    You all hate fat people, you hate skinny people. Bunch of bitter bitches up at The Stir. It's okay to be ugly, really. It doesn't have to define your very souls. As the first commenter alluded, cloaking woman-hate in the guise of concern is wrong. It just makes you more pathetic and bitchy.
  • Hop...
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    Hop Scotch

    November 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM
    I was googling Mel in order to learn more about her after finding her absolutely gorgeous, fit, healthy looking, with a ton of vitality. Then I read this post and had exactly the same reaction as the comments above. What the heck is wrong with being lean. I am SURE this bundle of energy is not starving herself or else she wouldn't be able to keep up with the program. So what that she's leaned up as a result of the physical burn. Let us not mask jealousy in false "concern" for the "skinny health" of active healthy looking females.
  • Lora...
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    Lora Morrison

    November 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    I honestly dont think she looks worse.  dancing tones you.  and yes some loose weight but i think she looks just fine.  i saw her on a talk show this last week and i think shes just fine.  and for any one's info when you get up off that computer chair and move your carcus you will loose weight.  i used to dance all the time and i lost weight, but when i quit i gained.  no not ball room dancing. alto it interests me my knees proably wouldnt hold out.  be very happy if tony and melissa wins....


  • M Walker
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    M Walker

    November 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM
    Sasha Brown-Worsham, this is not an article this is an judgement. Get your life!
  • Kathe...
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    Katherine

    November 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM
    I am saddened to read the comments above. After watching Melissa on the finals this evening I sought after articles like this and mentions of her scary thin figure on Twitter. Instead what I found was multiple tweets of girls all dying to look like Melissa did this evening. What a repugnant society we have become. This should not be what girls look up to, yet it's what girls are striving for.
  • Teresa
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    Teresa

    November 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    Melissa looks great, she is in the best shape she has ever been in. Society is so conditioned to think if you are not 20 pounds overweight that something is wrong with you. When they see lean toned bodies, they think something is wrong. The world is full of, we'll America is full of overweight unhealthy people, go pick on them, leave the toned, in shape, healthy ones alone. ; ))))))
  • Debra
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    Debra

    November 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM
    I don't harp on the weight celebrities lose on the show. How could they not? They are dancing 12 hours a day. Also, when you exert that much exercise, you can't stuff yourself with food. It would make you sick. So naturally they lose pounds. Once the 12-hour dance sessions, stop, some of the weight will be gained back too.
  • Robin
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    Robin

    February 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM
    YES, Melissa Rycroft is TOO THIN! Thank you for having the courage to say it, and I'm sorry to see you getting absolutely no support for saying it. Whether it is popular or not, losing weight this way is dangerous and must be spoken of! A weight loss like Melissa's is very hard on the body, internal organs, and most worrisomely, the heart. Melissa admitted that the first time she lost so much for her initial debut on DWTS, that the weight loss was so detrimental that she "felt her body beginning to shut down." This second major weight loss is even more profound and noticeable. In the last few weeks she has taken to wearing long sleeved shirts and layers. These may be signs of anorexia. The long sleeves are often worn to hide to extra body hair that grows as the body tries to keep warm as there is no longer enough fat tissue to regulate the internal thermostat. I think Melissa needs help. I hope she will pick her health over the prevailing and ridiculous fashion trend in Hollywood to look like Karen Carpenter before she DIED!
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