In It For Health

Where health and psychology intersect

A comment on Kirstie Alley

Posted by Dr. Susan on June 26, 2006

The 7/3/06 issue of People magazine has an article about Kirstie Alley losing weight as part of being a Jenny Craig celebrity sponsor. There is one part of Kirstie’s message that I don’t like, but all the rest is great. First, the negative…Kirstie’s current goal is to wear a bikini on Oprah. Okay, so it’s cool to get asked to be on Oprah, but it’s a bit shallow to make wearing a bikini your ultimate goal–I wish that Kirstie wasn’t focusing on that part of weight loss so much. BUT she does acknowledge that it may not be realistic to have a bikini body at her age (or, FYI at any age, Kirstie–NOT looking good in a bikini doesn’t mean you’re not healthy!!) Now to the good part of the article. Kirstie addresses some really great points about losing weight. You’ve heard them before, but they are worth repeating:
1. It’s all about portion size. You can and should eat what you like, but not too much of it.
2. Don’t judge yourself on what other people think of you.
3. It’s not about being thin, it’s about being healthy–being skinny won’t make you happy.
4. Exercise is really important–she exercises every day.

Let me know if you read the article,

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