Weeks after saying that she’s never felt better, Gwyneth Paltrow, 37, reveals that she’s in the early stages of osteoporosis or brittle bone disease, a serious health complication for older, post-menopausal women.
Osteoporosis is frequently associated with low bodyweight and unhealthy BMI’s. Paltrow’s health condition was diagnosed in a bone scan after she suffered a leg fracture. In her internet newsletter Goop, she said: ‘My doctors tested my vitamin D levels, which turned out to be the lowest thing they had ever seen (not a good thing).’
Paltrow, who lives in north London with her Coldplay star husband Chris Martin, follows a macrobiotic diet that concentrates on vegetables, grains, soup and fish.
Gwyneth is also a devotee of Tracy Anderson, who has also trained Madonna.
Paltrow has admitted to following many extremely low-calorie diet regimens in her ongoing commitment to being as thin and fit as possible. She admits to consuming no dairy products. via Daily Mail
This post comes on the heels of this morning’s discussion of Ralph Lauren’s obvious model preference for the thinnest possible women. As we’ve written time and time again, the fashion industry’s current insistence that women be as thin as possible — unlike the 80s where healthy, fit bodies were celebrated — is a hazzard to women’s health, as well as our ability to bear children.
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Celebrity’s obsession with BMIs under 18 — because a woman can never be too thin — sends a message of trading health for social approval to today’s women.
Thin has always been important in fashion but having no hips, no bust and only a coat-rack frame is a concept of beauty embraced in the last few decades.
We argue that the demand that women have no fat on their bodies at all, and preferably no breasts or hips, reflects a patriarchal power struggle against women to keep us physically unfit and our best selves.
In the cases of some short, male designers with socially expressed ambivalence about female sexuality, this reduced, brittle and powerless vision of female beauty just may reflect a hidden neurosis or psychosis that wants women not to reproduce ourselves.
Our own scientific review of this topic is just beginning. Do understand that vaginas scare the heck out of some men.
Note: we are equally concerned about the obesity epidemic in America. Women are so turned inside out with our bodies, we’ve forgotten what normal even looks like. Anne