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Gabourey Sidibe is Comfortable with her Weight

Academy Award Nominee Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe (pronounced SIH-deh-bay) may not look like your typical Hollywood starlet, but she seems to be comfortable in her own skin and unconcerned about her size. She has been cast in Showtime’s new series “The Big C” as a recurring guest star and seems entirely confident that she is not destined for occasional bit roles.

Recently Sidibe told New York magazine, “I learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning, and if I don’t like myself, there’s no reason to even live the life.”

Desperation to conform to the thin ideal can have serious health consequences, sometimes even death. However, there are just as many medical concerns with obesity. Obesity can cause problems with sleep, neurological problems, pancreatic cancer, a shorter life, increased chances for infections like the swine flu, and even more debt.

Ms. Sidibe’s positive self-accepting attitude will likely protect her from the dangerous extremes of weight loss efforts if she does choose to change her body. She knows the peace and personal power that comes from loving who you are and being able to depend on yourself as the most constant part of your own life. I would guess that she would know how to set realistic expectations and be successful in any weight loss effort she may choose to undertake. For all of her fans, I hope that she balances her emotional health and keeps an eye on her physical health, too.

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March 16th, 2010

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Interesting how the two other comments start out with the disclaimer of not being mean but realistic. Did it ever occur to you, that her career is just as realistic as your comments? Her body is her body and to be perfectly honest, you don't know her health history. The only standard you are basing your comments on is a social standard. It is one that can broken but you choose not to do so. I believe that this actress, if she chooses, could have a wonderful career in what she puts her mind to because she is confident in her abilities even when society is questioning them. Last time I checked, you don't have to fit America's beauty standard to be successful.

posted Mar 25th, 2010 12:11 pm

I'm just sayin

She is TOO fat. Her face is literally sitting on her shoulders. I don't mean it in a mean way, but use what you got (new$) to get what you REALLY want. (Surgery). Moniques saisd that same stuff, but look at her now. You can't tell me she didnt do the lap band or something. And, if so, she looks GREAT! Go Monique! Do YOU!

posted Mar 16th, 2010 8:56 pm

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Oprah's "pep talk" the other night was pretty damaging, in my opinion. There are no consistent roles for the type of person Gabby wants to be, so to be expecting the start of a fantastic career is borderline ridiculous. Our culture still places a higher value on outer beauty, especially in Hollywood, and to not recognize that may spell trouble.

I don't intend to be mean, just realistic. Gabby is certainly welcome to do as she pleases, without judgement. However, to expect a fulfilling career simply because Oprah said so isn't the kind of outlook she needs.

posted Mar 16th, 2010 11:30 am


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