Losing weight and getting in shape can be so hard. We all need a little help to do it sometimes. That’s why I love This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz’s attitude about her weight and her goals to get healthier.
In a new interview with Marie Claire this week, Metz revealed that she “would love” to compete on The Biggest Loser, but not because she’s succumbing to the pressure Hollywood puts on her to be thin.
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“I do want to lose weight. But not because anyone is telling me to do it,” she said, adding that the rumors that NBC is forcing her to lose weight to stick to her This Is Us character Kate’s storyline are completely false. “Nothing is mandated. It’s not like, ‘If you sign this contract, you have to do this.’ We haven’t even talked about an actual number with Kate. Ever.”
Instead, Metz is getting her inspiration to lose weight from exactly where it should come from: She wants to be healthier for herself.
“My father is a big guy; he’s had a quadruple bypass surgery, and that’s scary,” she explained. “Those are real things that happen in families with overweight people, and I don’t want that.”
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That’s part of why she says The Biggest Loser is appealing to her — while she’s been slimming down a little with healthier snacks, she’d like to add in a strict exercise regimen.
Still, Metz is happy with how she looks now, and that’s the most important thing. She’s been an outspoken opponent of Hollywood beauty standards that push women to be thin above all else.
“Size doesn’t equate beauty,” she said. “I don’t understand why that’s a thing. Well, I do, because the media has told us thin is beautiful. But is it?”
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