Throughout a week of observations, activities and adventures, I usually have a lot of random things filed away into the “miscellaneous” cabinet of my mind.
These thoughts don’t necessarily fall under any category, but they are things I just can’t get off my mind. That’s where “Friday Fragments” comes in.
“Friday Fragments” is a weekly ramble post about some health-related hot topic from the past week.
Up first: Ellen Pompeo’s interview for Self Magazine
I usually enjoy “Self,” for its practical advice and promotion of healthy, not skinny, bodies.
For four months, I’ve been toting around the April edition, waiting for the right chance to read it. After having finished all of the English-language books I brought to Germany, I finally found the time for “Self.”
For the most part, I was as impressed as usual. However, when I got to the interview with that month’s cover star, Ellen Pompeo, I couldn’t help but get hung up on something…
“I went up a pants size during my pregnancy. I was in a size 25 jeans and went to a size 26… This is my body. If they don’t like it, screw it.” -Ellen Pompeo
I understand the point that “Self” was trying to make by including this quote: Health is about more than a weight or jean size.
This intention went wrong, though, when the magazine included Pompeo’s jean size.
Citing her pre- and post-pregnancy jean sizes doesn’t inspire inspiration, motivation or confidence. Rather, it only promotes insecurity.
Right now, I am more content with my body than I have been in a long time. However, when I read the interview, I couldn’t help but think, “I wasn’t even a size 26 when I was at my skinniest!”
My size-envy quickly subsided. I am happy and healthy. It doesn’t matter what size my jeans are…
Still, that moment of fear is poignant in my mind.
If I had a moment of personal doubt, then what effect will Pompeo’s quote have on other women?
Journalism is about telling the whole story, but “Self” failed to do that.
The magazine didn’t mention that Pompeo is less than 5 1/2 feet tall. I stand four inches taller than her. Of course it would be difficult for us to have the same jean size!
“Self” also didn’t say what brand of jeans Pompeo was referencing. A study by “Consumer Reports” found that there may be a difference of up to two inches in the waist measurements of jeans, depending on the brand.
It’s simply not fair to promote comparisons between our bodies and Pompeo’s.
She is a beautiful woman, and I do believe she is healthy.
I just wonder why is it necessary to evaluate her health at the detriment of others’ self-confidence.
Question: What do you think about “Self” including Pompeo’s jean size?