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Jennifer Love Hewitt Loved By the Media Again

Us Weekly 09-2008 Cover B

Previously punished, ridiculed and mocked for her weight, Jennifer Love Hewitt is now praised for her weight loss. Whether you think Hewitt is a hypocrite for talking about body acceptance months earlier, and now appearing in US Weekly to talk losing weight, her actions underscore the pressure to attain the thin ideal (and maintain it).

Jennifer Love Hewitt Photo

In Other Headlines

· Star Magazine speculates on how Angelina Jolie bounced back into shape after giving birth to twins. Their hypothesis for “her glamorous new look”? The star opted for a tummy tuck.

· After blogs began writing about Cheryl Burke’s weight gain, the Dancing with the Stars professional dancer was forced to issue a statement (with wise words for women everywhere).

“I want kids or women out there to realize you don’t have to be anorexic to be beautiful,” the two-time Dancing champ tells PEOPLE exclusively. “There’s a lot of pressure living this Hollywood life. People expect to see you at a certain weight and when you gain a few pounds then all of a sudden it’s the talk of the week.”

Burke, 24, says she is secure with her looks–and she advises fans to be true to themselves.

“People will always have an opinion about you, whether it’s good or it’s bad,” she says. “But most important is to have a secure feeling about yourself and know that you’re beautiful regardless of what people think of you.”

· The media has focused its spotlight on Jessica Simpson’s weight gain. According to OK! Magazine, she’s fine with it. But, the important question is: Is OK! okay with it?

Introducing Minding the Media

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. is an Associate Editor and regular contributor at Psych Central. Her Master's degree is in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University. In addition to writing about mental disorders, she blogs regularly about body and self-image issues on her Psych Central blog, Weightless.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2018). Introducing Minding the Media. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 26, 2020, from
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