Whether you love her, hate her, or have never watched Jersey Shore because you’re too good for that and Prison Wives was on instead, everyone can agree that it was brave of Snooki (aka Nicole Polizzi) to open up about her severe anorexia as a teenager.
During last night’s Dancing With The Stars, Polizzi talked about how she felt triggered by the dance rehearsals, which reminded her of her teen years on her high school’s cheer leading team. In what has to be one of the saddest displays of how women are conditioned to think that as we age we loose value, Polizzi was constantly afraid that “younger, slimmer girls would take her place,” so she began starving herself as a way to stay desirable and valued.
“I had an eating disorder and it got really, really bad. I started eating one salad a day, and then it became, like, one cracker a day, and then it became just one grape a day. And then.. just not eating at all for three days. It was a really, really bad time for me.”
I guess the dance portion went well but I don’t care about DWTS. I do care that Polizzi felt like she was being aged out as a mere teenager, and that she came out on the other side of it and was able to look back at that time with perspective.
Polizzi’s weight has been a topic of conversation before, with her recent post-baby weight loss making headlines earlier this year. In fact, I feel like I can’t open a tabloid without something either screaming that she’s GAINED IT BACK or LOST IT QUICKLY. Whoever decided that a person’s weight is acceptable fodder for media coverage and speculation should be put in a prison where he will be made to stand in front a panel who will critique his rapidly aging body every single day for the rest of his life.
Nobody is obligated to ever speak publicly about their struggles, and celebrities certainly don’t owe it to their fans or the general public to do so. But every time someone does speak up, it makes people, especially young people, realize that they aren’t the only ones on Earth who feel the way they do.
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