The Shape We're In

Oprah Winfrey

hide captionOprah Winfrey arrives at the 17th Annual Women In Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast. (Power, not, dress size, being the operative word.)

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People Magazine has a "Body Watch." Among E!'s Original Countdowns are 30 Best & Worst Beach Bodies, 20 Best and Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgery Stories, and Incredible Celebrity Slimdowns. (Is "slimdown" a word?) Us has "Bump Watch." On the cover of People this week, Melissa Joan Hart is quoted calling herself "horrifying" at a post-pregnancy weight that many people would consider just fine. I won't even mention Oprah's shame-coaster. I know it's boring and annoying and shrill, but I just can't help but add my voice to the chorus of protests that accompanies the recent spate of celebrity diet-shaming. (Especially on a day when TOTN is spending some time on dieting in our first hour.) Everyone is entitled to their own feelings about their body — dysmorphic or no — but why must we self-flagellate with such vigor? Jan Hoffman, in the New York Times, writes a great analysis of the phenomenon, and explains the social capital a dieter may feel they're gaining, and why beating up on themselves is part of it.

Do you think we'll ever stop reducing ourselves to our size?

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