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September 16th, 2011
05:39 AM ET

Talk Back: What does Jennifer Hudson's weight loss controversy say about obesity in America?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Since appearing on Oprah earlier in the year to discuss her weight loss, Jennifer Hudson is now down to a size zero, saying, "I'm prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar."

This is a far cry from what she said in 2007, when she stated, "I love my size, and I think everybody should have some kind of meat on their bones. I've never bought into that."

This change of heart has left many of her fans frustrated. The Cafe Mom blog writes, "...It's confusing to kids who struggle with celebrity worship and their own self-esteem, especially girls with body image issues and their own weight struggles."

Arguably, much of America is confused about body image and weight, considering that many are criticizing Hudson for her weight loss despite the fact that the public loves television shows like "The Biggest Loser."

Talk Back: What does Jennifer Hudson's weight loss controversy say about obesity in America?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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  1. Gayle

    In case you haven't heard, the U.S. has an obesity epidemic that touches our children, teens, and adult. It has been on an upward trend for the past 2-3 decades and is causing an enormous cost to our health care system. Jennifer’s focus should be the focus for all, "health" not weight. We as a society should do all we can to ensure that the healthy choices are the easy choices to make both in food choices and activity.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  2. Alan

    Just because some TV producers decide to term something a "controversy" does not make it so. If she is really down to a size zero, then I would think that she has probably gone too far, but her size in the TV commercials is not a zero.

    I don't care how "politically incorrect" is might be, the truth is that she is at a much healthier and attractive weight now; and as a celebrity, she does have some influence on her young fans; and thus she does have a responsibility to try to be a good role model. And despite what some say, that does not include trying to justify unhealthy or self-destructive, or self-loathing behavior.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  3. Name*Robert gibbs

    Please. Weight loss is a very simple process, exercise and don't open your mouth everytime your elbo bends. If you pay close attention all programs that are out there in the commercials say " must add exercise and diet. Everyone I know that are obese eat and sit around. And also they all complain of leg problems. Well put a 6 year old on your back and walk around for 1 hour.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  4. Jarin Udom

    Not to be harsh, but why should we excuse people from a health problem that in 90% of cases stems from ignorance and lack of self-control? We have become a country where it's ok to gorge yourself and be stupid and people are for some reason ok with that.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:47 am |