Marilyn Monroe whisked raw eggs into milk and drank the mixture before her morning shower. Beyoncé only drank water, lemonade, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for two weeks straight before filming Dreamgirls. Victoria Beckham has been eating the same meal every day for 25 years. Mariah Carey only eats Norwegian salmon and capers. If there’s one thing for sure in the show business, it’s the business of crazy diets. Are all these celeb’s weird eating habits true? Of course not. But… that’s not necessarily the point. The headlines are key, and the fact that I can get all these supposed “facts” off the top of my head is as easy as pulling lice off six-year-olds.
he simply loves a VIP diet plan – the more sensational and extreme the better. Indeed, as attests to Marilyn Monroe’s well-publicized “weird eating habits,” as long as the media is obsessed with celebrities, it’s also obsessed with her diets. surname. And it was the “golden age” of tabloids on either side of the millennium – typified by swashbuckling paparazzi shots, lavish gossip and indiscriminate circles of shame – but most are interested in the momentary details of the supposedly disordered eating habits of celebrities. This is the era of “chic” It-girls, dressed and starved by stylists and nutritionists.
Recently, a real industry has popped up on YouTube with vloggers and influencers “trying out” the diets of Nineties and Noughties stars. YouTuber Jessica Viana made these videos in their entirety: “I tried the Alica Silverstone diet,” one claimed; “I tried the Friends diet,” another person reported. “Every time I watch this series,” Viana said in the introduction to her 20-minute Friends diet video, “I think to myself these girls look great.” As a teenager watching the show for the first time, Viana said she thought “they’re just naturally thin, and everyone in the ’90s is naturally thin”. As an adult, she realizes that this is probably not the case and her video is a rebuttal of sorts. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow don’t just “look great” – they went to great lengths to look the way they did! Their efforts are extreme and excessive! They have been punishing themselves for years!
This exhilarating, exhilarating tone is the common vibe of most “I Tried x” diet videos, showcasing an eerie blend of fascination and horror – getting into the habit of eating the stars’ diet and exercise in front of the camera and overlay their “finds” with heightened shock and awe. “Kardashian’s weight loss; DANGEROUS Hollywood Methods to Lose Weight”, “Hollywood Horror Diet You Won’t Believe (Only 500 Calories a Day!?), “” I Did the Diet & Workout INSANE in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.” At the beginning of that final video, Keltie O’Connor (who any viewer could not fail to recognize, is blonde and skinny like Mischa Barton. or Paris Hilton in the early Noughties) summed up the genre: “Yes, this will make you lose weight, you will hate life.” Or, as Viana put it in the Friends diet video her: “Can it get any harder?!” In other words, don’t try this at home. Unless you’re filming every minute of it.
I’m a millennial, whose youth is marked by Monica’s fat suit, You Are You Eat, whose GPA is exposed, and – surprise, surprise – anorexia, because so most of my nearly 30 years old souls turn to these videos with recognition, admiration, even joy. While my brain was still forming, its folds were stamped with two phrases. “There is nothing as delicious as feeling thin,” Kate Moss allegedly stated; “Sometimes I buy Vogue for dinner,” says Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City. “I feel it gives me more to eat.” So these debug videos should be an improvement on those ideas, right? Surely we should welcome the fact that today’s influencers are choosing these diets as crazy, bad, and dangerous for today’s teens?
Jessica Viana tells me it was her sense of caring for the teens of the 2020s that inspired her to “make 90s diet videos and Noughties.” She said the initial impulse came to her, “because [she] Realize that every year there is a new generation of young people smoking shows of this era”. Viana says she’s realized that in many of those shows “especially the ideal body type required in female actors, setting a certain standard that young audiences consider normal or effortless. that, and I worry that this will continue to spread to our current generation.”
She adds that diet culture spreads the idea of ”some kind of magic potion, and if you eat what other people eat, you’ll look like them”. In response to this, she wanted her video to look like a Trojan horse. “I made Friends videos in the ‘diet video’ format so I could reach people affected by this,” says Viana, “and then incorporated nutrition science education to teach about the risks and effects of an overly restrictive diet. “
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Ruth Tongue is a nutritionist, employee health and wellness specialist and director at Elevate, a leading workplace wellness provider with a global team of health professionals. She says that videos like Viana’s can be a valuable source of information for young people. “In a way,” says Tongue, “I think there is some comfort in knowing that we are currently ‘poking fun’ at some of the ridiculous diets that have become so popular, and hopefully by reading about it. Given the dangers and harms (mental and physical) these diets can cause, it should help discourage anyone from thinking about trying them. However, she also has reservations. “There is a worry that for anyone who is desperate to lose weight, by bringing these diets back into the limelight, it will give They’re a platform,” suggests Tongue.If people hit play videos like Keltie O’Connor, would a large portion of the audience ignore the warning that “it’s going to be miserable, you’re going to hate your life. “Do they just hear “yes, this will make you lose weight”?
Lindsay McGlone, an award-winning variety and variety producer and activist, agrees with Ruth Tongue. She says that while well-intentioned and contains information about the harmful effects of dietary restriction, many of these viral videos can have side effects. “Fortunately,” she says, “most of the videos around this issue expose the idea that ‘dieting’ works. Unfortunately, however, they don’t practice the idea that being thin is not the end goal.”
It can be nice and reassuring to think that pop culture has moved on from the bad Noughties days of “size-zero success stories” and fat clothes played for fun – or really, from “INSANE Diets & Workouts 1960, 1970, 1980”. But, this may just be a fantasy. “In 2022, there is still great, if not more, focus on the unattainable beauty ideal than ever before,” emphasized Tongue. “Don’t get me wrong, I think social media has been great at promoting body positivity and the ‘health of all sizes’ movement. But sadly, there are still a lot of false statements and messages that say slim is beautiful, and slim is healthy that we use every day. “
Anne Larchy, a weight loss and healthy lifestyle coach, also suggests that people are flooded with misinformation and misinformation largely due to social media. “Despite a lot of information online about healthy eating and nutrition, I see a lot of confusion and ignorance on a daily basis,” Larchy says. “And, with diets like the 800 cals diet and apps like Myfitnesspal that typically display your daily calorie intake at 1200 cals or more — and restrictive diets like keto and other apps – I don’t think we’ve moved on, unfortunately.”
Clearly, body image, weight, and the “magic pill” mindset are still shaping our media landscape today. A few months ago, Kim Kardashian was criticized for talking about how much weight she lost to wear one of Marilyn Monroe’s dresses to the Met Gala. Just this week, a Taylor Swift music video was edited to remove a scene in which the word “fat” appeared on a bathroom scale. On the surface, these cases seem to suggest that things are improving – proving that the public will no longer be in favor of the “fat” diet and chatter that dominated 20 years ago. However, I feel a double-edged sword.
Despite ostensibly criticizing Kardashian for explicitly discussing her diet, many articles on her comments also post what the diet is all about and how much weight she’s lost. Swift, on the other hand, is alleged to have a agoraphobia, despite discussing earlier in 2020 how she once struggled with an eating disorder and would “starve” herself at times. Basically, both women are condemned for “negative body” – one for revealing the limited length she went to achieve “unattainable ideal body”, the other for revealing the negative, intrusive thoughts she had about not getting there. ideal. Instead of suggesting that we live in a body-positive period, don’t these moments – taken together – attest to the enduring tenacity of diet culture, and the desires of the world’s food industry. media denying the reality of disordered, diverse thoughts under the rug? Or, even worse, frame it as a moral failure? Indeed, the tone of astonishment and reproach that many of the Kardashian articles have recorded is, in my mind, similar to the tone of the shocking videos. “Don’t do this, whatever you do,” they seem to want to cry. It also offers – under a bold and versatile title – a neat step-by-step guide on how to embark on a “crazy” diet on your own.
Over the past year, many have noticed a clear, unsettling return to the “skinny” Noughties aesthetic. Low-rise jeans and mini skirts. Bella Hadid’s pregnant belly on social networks. Speculation is that the Kardashians have dissolved their implants and switched their Blackfishing looks to rich, skinny white girls. Adele and Rebel Wilson cheered for weight loss. And, worry and hey, a series of videos that “debunk” the diets and workout plans of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Adele, and Rebel Wilson.
The problem is, despite calling them “dangerous” or “crazy,” we don’t have a culture that isn’t enthralled by extreme diets, or driven by an industrial complex. health care that is fundamentally, “you are what you eat” thinspiration ideal beauty. Until we do, voices say that the results are worth the pain may be greater .
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