Skinny fat: Not just Hollywood’s problem

May 2nd, 2011  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  16 Comments

An interesting breakdown of the famed “skinny fat” phenomenon, particularly as it pertains to self-starved celebrities.

The concept of SF, of course, is that one is thin but has poor body composition — what’s there is bone, gristle, and fat. In clothes, great. But according to the calipers and metabolism, not so much.

Now, I realize that the Gwyneth-Tracy story is kind of a car crash that we’re all craning our necks to see, but still… the extreme example offers us a cautionary tale on the subject of feminine musclephobic orthorexia and its consequences.

Trainer Graeme Thomas runs a nutritional analysis on Gwyneth’s diet

It breaks my heart to see the abuse of such a noble vegetable as kale.


  1. Cathy says:

    May 2nd, 2011at 11:13 am(#)

    Sigh…when will they ever learn? I’m getting ready to go try some “fake” kettlebell moves; I say fake, because my gym doesn’t have any :-(. I’ll see how I do with the weights, instead.

  2. Dana says:

    May 2nd, 2011at 11:39 am(#)

    This is horrific! She counts garlic cloves and portions out food in “slivers.” And the trainer is dead serious when she says ‘women should never lift weights heavier than 3 pounds.’

  3. Marina says:

    May 2nd, 2011at 2:08 pm(#)

    Ridiculous. And sad…

  4. Teneshia says:

    May 2nd, 2011at 3:12 pm(#)

    “no woman should lift heavier than 3lbs”
    Having osteoporosis is much more femme.

  5. Becca ( says:

    May 2nd, 2011at 10:07 pm(#)

    Wow! This is horrifying. Thanks for the link – I am definitely going to pass this on!

  6. Rachel says:

    May 3rd, 2011at 9:38 am(#)

    Hard to believe this kind of mentality still prevails even with so many voices of reason out there telling women it’s good to lift heavy. Try talking someone out of pilates some day…

    As an aside, great site you led me to. Afer reading that article I found myself staying and looking around. Good stuff.

  7. Sandra says:

    May 3rd, 2011at 1:34 pm(#)

    If this is the ideal of feminine beauty, society as a whole is in big trouble. In an age where so many of us have an abundance and variety of food readily accessible, how have we come to celebrate lifestyles and bodytypes seemingly based on weakness and helplessness. And how sad that so many of us buy into this myth and look at our healthy, strong bodies with disdain and even disgust because we don’t match the ideal represented by Ms. Paltrow and others.

    Thank heavens for sites like Stumptous. Strong is sexier than skinny! And those 3 lb pink dumbells make pretty good paperweights, I hear.

  8. Emily says:

    May 4th, 2011at 2:48 am(#)

    I especially enjoyed the part where, right after her trainer says ‘no woman should lift more than 3 lbs’ Gwyneth describes carrying her 30 lb son around all day. Talk about a contradiction, if your daily life requires you to lift at least 30 lbs, shouldn’t that be a good indication of where you need to start?!

  9. Sue says:

    May 4th, 2011at 4:25 pm(#)

    Hey, I did 30 curls this morning with a 3 lb. dumbbell. Oh wait, I had reconstructive wrist surgery 8 weeks ago…nevermind.

    How sad. It’s borderline criminal that people like her are allowed to represent themselves as qualified trainers. Just makes Mistress Krista’s job even more difficult.

    3 lbs..seriously? Following that logic, you shouldn’t even lift your own arm, let alone your a$$ out of a chair.

  10. Leela says:

    May 8th, 2011at 8:26 pm(#)

    Wow…that was fascinating! And yes, what an abuse of kale. Kale should be tossed with fine olive oil and backed to a delicious crisp.

    Over-consumption of raw foods seems unhealthy to me. I know it’s trendy and all, but at the very least, for people with thyroid issues, kale and many other vegetables shouldn’t be eaten raw. Beyond that, just…wow. How would a person function on this diet? It’s punitive. Don’t even get me started on the 3lbs limit…that just seems like a justification for someone who simply doesn’t want to lift heavier.

  11. Leela says:

    May 8th, 2011at 8:27 pm(#)

    * argh, BAKED! Baked to a delicious crisp. Not “backed”. Sigh.

  12. Pikmin says:

    May 10th, 2011at 12:19 pm(#)

    Have you noticed that “Tracy Anderson” doesn’t show up on a Wikipedia search? That’s so very odd.

  13. Sharon says:

    May 13th, 2011at 6:05 am(#)

    Yeah, I would like to know what her “credentials” are.
    Of course, we have learned that credentials often mean nothing, however; all the really great trainers that I have learned about thru Krista, Lou Schuler, etc. all have a degree in Kinesiology, or have studied SOMETHING to do with exercise.
    Just Sayin’.

  14. Kris says:

    May 17th, 2011at 6:49 pm(#)

    Well, darn, my 30-ish lb cocker spaniel is gonna be bummed now that I am apparently no longer allowed to lift her up for a cuddle.

    And that 10 years I spent lifting someone who was ~130lbs on a daily basis as a personal care assistant/manager has probably ruined me for life! (It’s certainly ruined my upper arms for some dress sleeves. Sigh.)

  15. Patti says:

    June 3rd, 2011at 6:06 am(#)

    I read about and watched videos of Gwyneth’s workout regimen on her blog – GOOP

    I was mystified how it could actually be of any benefit whatsoever.

  16. Ms .45 says:

    June 5th, 2011at 6:10 pm(#)

    Can’t remember exactly who it was as I get these two mixed up, but recently I read an interview with an Australian model – either Miranda Kerr (aka Mrs Orlando Bloom) or Megan Gale – who spoke about including weight training in with her yoga and cardio. I’m like, ‘THANK YOU LADY’ even though these aren’t people who occupy too much of my brainspace – it would be fabulous if people could see that these professional models work out with weights and look like, you know, professional models!

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