A couple weeks ago on the NJ board, I made a statement based on my own judgment - that women as thin as Jackie G. can't possibly eat much and we have to stop lauding borderline eating disorders as sustainable diets. It's something done on a lot of reality shows, and it bugs me. Last ep, it was pointed out multiple times that Jackie really isn't eating.
This isn't news. Almost no one is that thin, naturally. It's less than 1% of the population and those people are usually models of some sort. Think Brandi, Kelli Bensimone, etc. The Rinnas of the world have to choose to not eat almost at all. It's why I never pursued acting as a career. I knew I'd end up anorexic.
Tamra is incredibly fit but not emaciated. She does, however, own a gym, work out every single day, and eats a very specific diet. Braunwyn is scary thin. And you can tell that Shannon wants to be thin again at all costs and walks around hangry.
In all honesty, this cast is the least offensive in terms of emaciated women. Kelly, Vicki, Gina, and Emily all look like they eat regular meals. Tamra eats but she counts every macro and calorie. Braunwyn probably doesn't eat much.
It's a choice - you see how little you can subsist on so you can look thin on camera. I have tried it - I had to go down to 1,000 calories per day with daily exercise. I'm 5'2. I started having racing heartbeats, night sweats, and trouble sleeping. I couldn't think clearly. Eventually I gave up on wanting to be size 00 again. But let me tell you, if I was on camera 6 months out of the year, I would have kept it up.
I just cannot with the "fat" comments about Gina, Emily, even ol' Vicks. There's a difference between having body fat and "flab" in undesirable places that you'd like to cover up and being "fat" or unhealthy. And emaciated, a la Braunwyn or Jackie on NJ or Bethenny on NY, does not equal healthy!
I will not shame or blame anyone for wanting to be thin on camera and controlling their diet to do so. But I will also not shame a woman for wanting to eat regular food and still appear on camera while not being a size 00.