What’s wrong with this picture?

If you’ve been on any social media during the past week you’ve probably seen the “big news” about Gwyneth Paltrow‘s food stamp challenge and Pink‘s apparent weight gain. Ironically, both stories are arguing the same point.  And it’s all hypocritical.

I can’t give you the name of any Pink song off the top of my head.  I often confuse Pink with the woman who sings with Black Eyed Peas…though my kids will roll their eyes and tell me once again that’s Fergie.

https://www.facebook.com/Fabulous/photos/a.58509042179.66544.8401947179/10153163002882180/?type=1&theaterSo, when the photo of Pink came across my Facebook feed, I didn’t recognize her but noticed she looked stunning in her gorgeous black dress.

Apparently, to other observers she’s gained some weight.  Why this is news, I’m not certain.

What I do know, is that she had the best response to “concerns” regarding her weight.

“…I feel beautiful…I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off.  Thanks for your concern.”

Rock on, Pink! (she does sing rock, right?!)

gyweneth2 On the other side of the news feed, we have critics blasting Gwyneth Paltrow for her “food stamp challenge” choices.

Apparently there’s a new challenge for celebrities to feed their family- for one week- on the same amount of money a family would receive on food stamps (or they can donate to a New York Food Bank).

Yes, her numbers ($29 for a family of four) are totally skewed; $29 is closer to one person for the week. But the controversy is less about the money, and more about her food choices.

Why?  There is already a biased notion that you have to be rich to eat healthy.  Yet, wouldn’t she have received criticism filling a cart with cheaper junk food?

Interestingly, the limes seemed to raise the biggest flag for commentators.  Again, why? They’re often 10/$1 and an inexpensive, yet healthier way, to add flavor to food & water (another way to skip pop!).

A bag of dried beans- even organic- is generally under $2. Yet it yields the equivalent of 4 cans of beans (without the BPA-liner or added recycling/waste).

Does Gwyneth’s basket look like a menu with the most variety? No.  I would have substituted a bag of pasta for the cilantro and cheese for the corn. But that’s not really the point.

Pink looks strong, healthy, and happy; Gwyneth chose healthful foods.  Isn’t that what we’re trying to teach our kids?  Be healthy.  Be strong.  Be you.

https://www.facebook.com/favortheearthWe applaud Lane Bryant for taking on Victoria Secret with their “I’m No Angel” campaign.

We advocate to keep toxins from entering our bodies, but we do little about the toxins exiting our mouths.

Detox diets seem to be the trend right now, so here’s a 21 day detox challenge for you…detox your words. Quiet the judgmental voice that sometimes steps in about your own weight – or someone else’s.

Maybe the person who “shouldn’t be” wearing a bikini is celebrating being cancer-free.  Maybe they recently lost weight.  Maybe they’re just really happy with the person they are today.

As much as Gwyneth, in one week, can’t understand the struggles of living on food stamps, neither can we understand someone’s journey in just one mile in their shoes.


Pink photo credit
Gwyneth Paltrow photo credit
I’m No Angel photo credit



2 responses to “What’s wrong with this picture?

  1. A most excellent post! I completely agree with all of it. There is so much bias in this world that women have to overcome. We are so desensitized to some of it that we need to open up our eyes and realize what we are taught to think.

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