With a heavyweight pedigree in the movie industry and hit flicks like ‘Titanic’ behind her, Kate Winslet is up there with the most respected and appreciated actresses in Hollywood. Despite having to take flak for supposed difficulties with her weight throughout her life, starting in her childhood when she was considered chubby, the highly successful actress has always been on the heavier side.
Kate, who puts a lot of it down to her love of food and her naturally curvy frame, once said: “My uncle is a chef. My mother is a fantastic cook. We’re all big eaters. It was kind of unavoidable.”
Her real issues started at school where she fell into depression over bullying by her classmates, a response which triggered her eating disorders, something many people do when their weight is called into question. The natural response is to starve to be thin, but Kate has a different idea nowadays.
With so many famous faces (male and female alike) opting to shed weight, Ms. Winslet has a different philosophy and believes that the current disturbing trend of ‘thin at all costs’ is not good for society as a whole.
During an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine she said, “It seems to me that (Hollywood) is breeding a whole new generation of anorexics. I look at people and I want to say ‘Look, it’s alright you can eat something.”
Kate also alluded to the pressure of competition from skinnier actresses and the pressure that brought with it saying, “As a young girl, I never felt attractive. I was fat and unhappy at times, and that kind of thinking stays with you your entire life. There’s always going to be a part of me that worries about not looking as slim as other actresses.”
Whatever the level of intensity her internal conflict reached she has never shied from undressing if the role required it and by doing so she has sent a clear message to not only aspiring young actors an actresses but insecure viewer as well – that being happy with yourself is the most important thing, after all, everybody has their insecurities.
“I’m happy with the way I am. I’m not like American film stars. I’m naturally curvy. This is me, like it or lump it. People think that if a woman isn’t rail-thin, then there must be something wrong with her – it’s such nonsense.”
Defying this culture of super slim looks in Hollywood, Kate is a perfect role model for many other anorexics and has also donated to various eating disorder charities in order to lend a helping hand for in the battle against media driven stupidity.
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