Something must not be right with the world’s axis this morning as most of us find ourselves agreeing with a Sarah Palin statement while totally blasting Joy Behar for hers.
The outspoken television talk show host is taking some heat this morning for comments she made on The View about Jessica Simpson’s weight gain. She said:
“Remember the the time that Jessica Simpson was criticized because she didn’t know the difference between chicken and tuna? That kind of thing is more fun to criticize than the fact that the girl is fat.”
“Most women who are pregnant are not supposed to gain more than 25 pounds. She looks like she gained a lot more than that.”
While I do agree that Joy could have been a little more diplomatic in choosing her wording here (nobody ever wants to hear the “F” word), I will say this in my Gisele Bundchen accent: she has a point. And to quote her:
“I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals.”
And she has a point on that, too. If I’m not going to be eating fried oreos and buttered up pop tarts on a normal daily basis, then why do it during one’s pregnancy when you should be taking care of your body and your baby the most? Sure, gaining only 25lbs might not be ideal for most of us, but gaining 60-80lbs is also on the wrong end of the spectrum too and should be avoided. The keyword here of course is moderation.
I mean, because our country doesn’t have an obesity epidemic. Nope. Not at all.
Yes, I gained 65lbs during my first pregnancy and regretted it terribly after I gave birth to my child. I was borderline diabetic, suffered from high blood pressure that shot up to the roof and was totally uncomfortable and miserable with all that extra weight on me. On top of that, it took a good year and a half to shed that weight for me to go back to my normal pre-pregnancy self. So, of course, why in the world would I applaud Jessica for going there where no pregnant or non-pregnant woman should go?
And while many out there are saying let’s back off of Jessica Simpson and stop calling her fat and so on while this is a private matter of hers (as you too are reading this celebrity blog here to find out thing about their very public private lives), it’s like saying let’s back off from Lindsay Lohan and let her be the alcoholic drug-ridden mess that she is. Just let her be. Because pregnancy should be a time in which we are allowed to be borderline obese the same way childhood should be a time that we allow sugared-up kids to watch endless television and college kids drink endless amounts of beer to the point of unconsciousness. Yeah, let’s do that.
Jessica Simpson is in the spotlight because she is a public figure. She talks openly about her weight, her cravings, heck, even her love life while pregnant so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the media along with bloggers and medical experts are going to comment on it.
So while Joy might be wrong in calling Jessica the “f” word and Gisele pretentious by reminding us that she’s perfect, we should do what’s best and healthiest for us at all times of our lives – pregnant or not.