Share Your Thoughts on This Week's Cover Story

09/29/2006 at 07:00 AM ET

This week’s cover story of PEOPLE magazine deals with a hot-button topic that is on the mind of many women — the increasing pressure to be thin. From sub-zero sized starlets to teenagers struggling with eating disorders to women constantly on diets, many people are feeling a push to be as small as possible. PEOPLE’s story takes a look at how the fashion and entertainment industries are reacting, whether it is startling thin Nicole Richie denying an eating disorder to Portia de Rossi recounting how she ultimately won her battle with anorexia. We spoke to models, designers, doctors and actresses about this important issue. Now, it’s your turn to tell us your thoughts. Click here to read the story in full, then come back and tell us what you think. Is the celeb obsession with weight loss out of control? Who do you feel is responsible for the heightened pressure to be super thin?

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Stefanie on

On the topic of the pressure to be thin. I live in Michigan, the state that has the most fat people. I workout 5 days a week and take very good care of my body. I have notice that so may more people in michigan have started going to the gym and are taking care of there body since the skinny kick has come about. I have a very good body, but I always think that I can improve it. There has just been a complex for women to have a stick thin body and it is very unhealth, but everyone wants it. Some people start thinking that being a size 6 is over weight. Which is horrible.

Jen on

It’s a viscious cycle. The studio heads and casting want skinny actressess and instead of the actresses standing up for themselves and saying no, they buy into it, because they are threatend by the studio hiring someone else that is skinnier than they are. But on the other hand, I think some of these actresses love the attention they get for having these stick-skinny figures. The whole thing is sick and frankly actresses should be judged on their acting ability, not their dress size. I really don’t see actors having to deal with remotely the same issues. They can be fat, unattractive and still get good roles. Whereas actresses have to play someone fat and unattractive just to win an Oscar.

Hyacinth on

I know only one thing: only a very unhappy people can be SO thin (I’m not talking about naturally thin girls)! A month ago, before my enormous works began, I weighed 143 pounds (I’m 5’5). But now, 4weeks later, I’m 129. It’s because of stress I have to feel: I can’t eat a lot, because then I have headache, I feel awful. So maybe these girls on People cover are also so busy, unhappy (like me), that they got thin. I’m happy about my current weight, but I feel that I’m going thinner and thinner…


i don’t think that is very fair, because i am sure thoose girls all know their thin and know what people say about them. And unless you have talked to thoose girls yourself i don’t think it is okay to write an article.

Kelly on

I recently lost 40 lbs, going from a size sixteen, to a six. I thought that was great, until I started see all the twos and zeros around, and I felt less than perfect, just because I have a little flab. I really think the emphasis should start being on health, and having a healthy body, instead of a super-skinny one.

Alicia on

This is heartbreaking really. It is so sad. I am getting used to seeing Nicole Richie this way and I hope that they can get to the bottom of the real problem here. As for Kate Bosworth-what is going on here? If she doesn’t have an eating disorder then there is something very seriously wrong with her and I hope she has seen a doctor. As for Keira, she is very, very slim but I still find she looks healthy-unlike the other 2 girls. It is too bad women everywhere feel so much pressure to be thin. I applaud the recent changes taking place to ensure that models are within healthy weight ranges-perhaps Hollywood producers should do the same.

Jo on

I’ve struggled all my life to lose weight. I’ve probably lost over 500 lbs in my 53 years and gained back most of it. Celebrities can afford personal trainers and chefs, so I am surprised to read that drugs and cigarettes play a part in their dieting efforts. To add to all this, I am always shocked that Hollywood allows underage drinking. Lindsey Lohan has been pictured drunk and in clubs since she was in her teens. She is still not of legal drinking age but is served alcohol regularly. Nicole Richie looks terrible. It breaks my heart because on the original Simple Life I thought she blew Paris Hilton away. Her spunky attitude and demeanor was wonderful. Now we see this thin waif with a huge head bobbling on a pencil neck and with huge bony hands – and she’s “okay” in her words. I don’t know what the answer is, but it is alarming, especially when – like it or not – celebrities become role models. I think they have an obligation to their young fans to take better care of themselves and set the right example. Maybe if celebrities weren’t so ‘abnormal’ looking, they could avoid the papparazzi and lead better private lives?

Darla on

My 15-year-old daughter has recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder. She has lost so much weight that now her doctor is threatening to send her to a hospital for 6-8 weeks. This topic definitely warrants attention, but I think that to “glamorize” it on the cover of a popular magazine may do more harm than good. Young girls see these covers and want to look like the famous people on them. A better way may have been to make it a side story with an article inside with details about treatment, symptoms, things to watch for, etc.

Jane on

People need to be happy and comfortable with their bodies. Not like this is easy! Most women aren’t happy with themselves for a very long time. But we need to stop putting the pressure on these young women who obviously have self esteem issues and start putting the blame where it really belongs, on the bigwigs who tell these girls that this is what they need to look like in order to get work in hollywood. However, I must add as a naturally tiny person, it is unfair to believe that it is never natural to be a skinny person. Being told by other women who are uncomfortable with their weight that you have an eating disorder is not only unnerving but incredibly rude!

jen on

STOP making such a big deal by focusing on it constantly!! it had to be the cover of your current issue?!? thanks for being a part of the PROBLEM.

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