Jennifer Lawrence while surfing in Hawaii.

“Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.” –W. Somerset Maugham

So how was it? You know, the candied yams, creamy mashed potatoes, turkey smothered in thick gravy, two-sticks-of-butter stuffing, crispy bacon, and three different kinds of cheeses! And don’t get me started on the pies of every variety known to mankind. It was awesome, right? And afterwards you fell asleep like an old dog on a sun-drenched porch; absolute intoxicated bliss. Well…shame on you! You’re an actor! Don’t you know a slim, taut body is critical to your success? Do you see Jennifer Anniston or Mark Wahlberg stuffing themselves like swine at the trough?! How about Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana, or Christian Bale? It could be considered highly irresponsible for your career to gleefully gather together with family and friends, and overindulge on a traditional holiday feast. Or, you just might be living a healthy lifestyle, filled with equal parts of discipline and indiscipline–which is sometimes known as “balance.”

Jennifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games, was quoted in the December issue of Elle magazine saying, “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress.” She went on to comment on her toothsome bikini photos currently in hot rotation on the web, “I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach;” apparently referring to fellow actor Val Kilmer’s once-svelte, now portly physique.

Now, it’s important to note Jennifer is 22-years-old, and her weight is probably relatively easy to maintain. And it’s probably not far off to speculate she has a full-time personal trainer as well as a nutritionist to keep her healthy and fit for her upcoming roles in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and X-Men: Days Of The Future Past. But it’s nonetheless refreshing to hear an A-list Hollywood actress say, “I’m never going to starve myself for a part,” and concerning herself with the messages she’s sending to her young female fan base: “I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.’ That’s something that I was really conscious of during training, when you’re trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.”

Touche, Jennifer for a healthy attitude towards food! And happy holiday eating to all of you!