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April 23, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of weight-loss and diet programs.

Now she’s fading, somewhere in Hollywood
I’m glad I came here with your pound of flesh.

—from “Celebrity Skin” by Hole

We’ve all heard and read about Kirstie Alley’s constant struggles to shed the pounds. Now she’s teamed up with Jenny Craig and caught flak for her comment about “not being circus fat” and just wanting to lose 30 pounds in her new commercial.

This is actually Kirstie’s second attempt with the weight-loss company. Back in 2006 her first stint with Jenny Craig resulted in a 75 lbs. weight loss, leading to the the infamous bikini reveal on Oprah.

Kirstie Alley on Oprah 206

The pounds came back, though, and in 2010, she launched Organic Liaison, a company that is allegedly a front for Scientology, though Alley denied this. Over a year later, Alley claimed to lose 100 lbs. on the first-ever USDA-certified organic product. However, she was later sued by Marina Abramyan, a customer who used the product without success. She claimed that Alley’s weight loss was not from Organic Liaison, but due to her competing on the hit reality show Dancing With the Stars, where celebrities, most of whom have no formal dance training, go through intense physical training to prepare for the show. In the end, Alley had to settle with Abramyan out of court for $130,000 and was ordered to mention her time on Dancing with the Stars on the Organic Liaison website.

As part of her deal with Jenny Craig, Alley got a fairly sweet deal for her diet company and its signature product, an organic appetite suppressant called Rescue Me:

Jenny Craig’s parent company CI Holdings, Inc. has acquired Alley’s Organic Liaison line and will be integrating Organic Liaison’s key products into the Jenny Craig line.  They will be available in centers in the near future… “Rescue Me” will be the first of the products from the Organic Liaison line to be available in Jenny Craig Centers.

With Kirstie Alley “coming home,” as she calls it, to Jenny Craig, time will only tell if she manages to reach her new weight loss goal. But if history repeats itself, she will probably lose the weight, go through yet another short-term honeymoon phase, and return right back to the high set point her body is probably used to thanks to long-term yo-yo dieting.

I realize it’s her body and she’s free to do with it as she wishes, but it’s frustrating and heartbreaking to watch her continuously go through these cycles of weight loss and weight gain, then beating herself up when she gets fat again. She needs to know that she is lovely no matter what her size, and that giving up this dieting insanity and maybe embracing Health at Every Size® (HAES) may make her feel better and more positive about herself thanshowing off her body off in a bikini to a gaping audience on Oprah.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. vesta44 permalink
    April 23, 2014 2:07 pm

    The really sad part of all of this, for me, is that she’s probably doing all of this in an effort to revive a flagging career and it’s not working. She’s pretty much become a joke in Hollywood precisely because she got fat, got thin, but can’t stay thin, and constantly “fails”. Being apologetic about it all, and beating herself up over it publicly doesn’t help her at all either.

  2. April 24, 2014 11:57 am

    Reblogged this on Sly Fawkes and commented:
    Kirstie Alley’s yo-yo dieting and internalized size shame are extremely unhealthy. I would feel sorry for her across the board if not for the awful message that her attitudes send to others who are struggling with self-acceptance.
    i used to be like Kirstie, always chasing the Elusive Unicorn of Socially Acceptable Thinness and Beauty. I had to stop, for the sake of both mental and physical health.

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