Rebel Wilson Opens Up About the Public’s Frustrating “Obsession” With Her Body
Losing weight can be extremely difficult. First, weight loss often involves starting new good habits and breaking old bad habits. That is a challenge. Add to it that the struggle of starting to exercise when you haven’t in awhile and changing what you eat. Really, nothing about weight loss is easy.
Perhaps the challenge involved in weight loss is what makes us notice when someone else has dropped a significant amount of weight especially when it seems like they lost weight overnight.
Take Adele for example. She didn’t document her weight loss journey on social media. One day she posted a picture of her new slender self and everyone noticed. In Adele’s case, she didn’t necessarily set out to drop pounds. Instead, she started exercising after her divorce and it became her new obsession. Weight loss followed.
Now look at Rebel Wilson. Like Adele, she had been overweight before she became famous. Then Wilson decided that 2020 was going to be her “year of health.” She lost weight to increase her fertility because she would like to have a baby someday. It wasn’t necessarily about being a certain size.
Wilson thinks the public is more obsessed with her body than her career. In an interview for the Daily Telegraph, the actress explained, “In 2019, I had, like, four movies come out, two which I produced and one, Jojo Rabbit, which got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Yet I get more press the following year when I do nothing except lose weight.” She added, “When I was at my heaviest, I also had the most international attention on me.”
Even though Wilson does not love the fact that the public seems to be obsessed with her weight, she admits that she understands it. She explained, “People are so obsessed with [weight], but I get it. Oprah is one of my heroes. She’s certainly struggled with eating issues, and I would always watch her episodes when she spoke about that.”
Wilson has said that the hardest challenge with weight loss is not gaining the weight back. She is proud of herself for maintaining her weight for the first time in her life. One of the challenging she struggles with is emotional eating. She shared, “For the first time in my life I’ve lost weight and maintained it, so I’m more proud of that fact. It worked because it was the whole lifestyle approach and dealing with emotional eating. I’m not totally cured. I don’t think you can be. But I’ve learned to manage it — and it’s not by reaching for a bowl of ice cream.”
Does it inspire you when you see celebrities like Adele and Rebel Wilson lose weight? Do you think it’s surprising that Wilson gets more media attention for losing weight than for her career?