No different than River Oaks Baptist
Ginnifer Goodwin's real engagement is to Weight Watchers: Defending a constantdiet
Big Love's newly engaged Ginnifer Goodwin has come under fire recently for telling Health Magazine that she's been a member Weight Watchers for 23 years — since she was 9 years old. The star told the health magazine that although she has never had a dramatic weight problem, she had a tendency to indulge.
She went on to say that she had identified a "shooting weight," a weight at which she noticed her energy up, felt good about herself and liked the way she looked on camera.
Plenty of commentators are crying "eating disorder," but I don't see much difference between Goodwin's near-lifelong participation in Weight Watchers and the red light, green light program that was recently instated at River Oaks Baptist.
Both programs aim to teach people about portion control and selecting healthier, more filling foods. Both do it by assigning a value to different types of food based on their nutritional value. At ROB., elementary through junior high schoolers are able to select foods that are marked red light, green light, or yellow light items, with red light items representing heavier, high-calorie foods and green light items representing healthier choices like raw vegetables. Kids are portioned a certain number of items: they can have one red-light food, two yellow-light foods, and as many green-light foods as they want.
It's not unlike the point system pioneered by Weight Watchers. In fact, it's the same.
If Goodwin or her parents felt she could be making better choices when it came to eating and gave her more control of those choices early, who's to say they were wrong? She's an actress who hasn't experienced dramatic weight gain or loss throughout her career, and one could argue that it's because she learned early how to sustain herself healthfully and kept on top of it.
What do you think? Is 9 to early to "diet," or did Goodwin just use one means of many to eat consciously?