Demi Moore is looking thin and frail in recent public appearances. Her protruding chest bones are being featured in the news the day before her 49th birthday while rumors surrounding the state of her marriage to Ashton Kutcher abound. In late September, Sara Leal, a party girl from San Diego claimed she hooked up with Kutcher the night before his sixth wedding anniversary. A friend of Moore’s told Us Weekly, “[Demi’s] very upset, and hasn’t been eating. It’s taking a toll.” If this is true, this reported thinness appears to be the result of a personal trauma.
LeAnne Rimes similarly has been featured in the press recently for looking bonier than ever meanwhile constantly reassuring fans about her weight. The 29-year-old singer says rumors of an eating disorder are entirely unfounded, “I work out and take care of myself, and not in an over-obsessive way. People are calling me bulimic or anorexic and these are real issues and diseases that I don’t have.”
Adriana Lima who recently revealed her diet secret since August. Before strutting down the runway, this stunning Brazilian beauty says she works out intensely twice a day along with following a diet of non-solid foods. And before a show, she asserts she has “no liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that.”
The pressure that young people and actors face to achieve the perfect figure when they see ultra-thin celebrities as the norm and the ideal to aspire to is significant. These unrealistic images saturate our culture and contribute to eating disorders, which can be life threatening. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in America–and 95% of those are between the ages of 12 and 25. Twenty-five percent of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique. And the mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all other causes of death for females 15-24 years old. The depressing statistics of eating disorders only gets worse the more you look into them. Clearly, this is a very real problem which should not be marginalized.
So what’s an actor to do? Auditioning for choice roles can require a certain look, but with that it requires ample energy and vitality. Just remember what’s most alluring and attractive is a healthy body and state of mind. Being healthy in mind and body is helpful to all career options, but with the emotional demands placed on actors, this is particularly crucial. And with the media so relentlessly inspecting for any changes in weight, an actor needs emotional fortitude over the long run to withstand the glare of the spotlight.
How do you keep a balanced outlook on weight as you strive in your acting career?