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Kirstie Alley and her battle with weight loss

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Kirstie Alley is an actress who had her prime in the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, though still active as an actress, most of the attention focusd on Alley in the past decade has been because of her battle with the bulge.

In the beginning of her career Alley sported a svelte figure. She rose to fame in 1987 with the role of Rebecca Howe on ‘Cheers’, in which Alley played a sexy manager. In 1989 she embarked on the successful ‘Look Who’s Talking’ trilogy alongside John Travolta. Following this, she had the lead in TV show ‘Veronica’s Closet’ for three years.

After her active TV career ended, Alley ballooned, and was plagued by papparrazzi photos of her in the media. She weighed over 200 lbs (over 90kg) and was obese.  In 2004 she admitted to battling her severe weight issues by becoming the spokesperson for Jenny Craig, a weight loss and managemant company.

In 2006, after following the Jenny Craig program for two years, Alley appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show in a bikini to show off her success. She was celebrated in the United States for having combated her weight issue. She says a hideous photo of her in a tabloid publication made her realize it was time for her to do something about her weight, and her health.

When she was no longer the spokesperson for Jenny Craig, Alley stacked on the weight once again. On ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, Alley said: “When you’re a spokesperson for a weight loss company … somebody weighs you every week. It’s pressure but it’s good pressure. I do better if I have some pressure on me,” she says. “When I didn’t have that anymore … I just said, ‘I’m going to cut myself some slack.’ Big mistake.”

She says she didn’t weight herself for a year and a half, and that she feels she let down a lot of people who believed in her. Despite not having her weight issue completely under control, she says the best thing that came out of trying to lose weight and battling the buldge was that she quit smoking.

Other  celebrities who have battled weight issues include Oprah Winfrey and Sharon Osbourne.

In 2010 Kirstie Alley started a new weight loss initiative called Organic Liason.

Image: http://flickr.com/photos/alan-light/251536634/, posted by Alan Light, taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KirstieAlley1994.jpg

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