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Ginnifer Goodwin: ‘At 9 years old I weighed about 10 lbs. less than now at 32’

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Ginnifer Goodwin, who recently revealed that she’s been using Weight Watchers to control her weight since the age of 9, opened up more about her past weight problems:

“I began to identify myself as fat. At 9 years old I weighed about 10 lbs. less than what my weight is at 32. I needed to get help.”

“I ended up going to my mother crying. With the counseling of my family doctor, my mother ended up turning to Weight Watchers and their children’s program. I went to weekly meetings, got counseling and would exercise with my peers who were my size. It was the first time I saw a proper children’s portion size, and it wasn’t two burgers, it was one.”

“Her reaction was not, ‘Oh, I’ll help you get skinny. My mother’s reaction was, ‘Why don’t we all go and learn a little more about our health.”

… says Ginnifer.

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Anna
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Anna

I find it terrible that children have to learn about healthy nutrition (appropriate for children) from strangers. A weight watchers children’s program, really? At least children can get help- if they realize they need it (which might be rare at such a young age) and are allowed to get help.
Sidenote: Why is she talking about her weight so often now? Is she promoting something? Or is this from one interview?

Victoria
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Victoria

She’s talking about her weight because this is a website called skinny vs. curvy. The creator of this website is not going to put quotes up about something like hair lol.

Leah
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Leah

i think she was referring to the fact that ginnifer has hardly (if ever) been on this site before, and now there have suddenly been 2-3 quotes from her about weight in the past few weeks

Victoria
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Victoria

Her last few comments have been interesting. How many celebs have come out and said stuff like this? Interesting=post lol

Anna
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Anna

Yeah, I was talking about Ginnifer, brainiac. Maybe you should also read other stuff apart from beauty websites.

southerngumdrops
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southerngumdrops
you can’t win. we have too many obese children and if we do nothing we’re feeding the problem (no pun intended). however if we try to get them healthy, whether it be through weight watchers or others means, then we’re instilling a fear of food in them and they are doomed to have self image issues. i’m not saying weight watchers is the answer for everyone, but i’m glad she seems to be sensible about it and has been for some time. at least she’s not one of those actresses shoving down our throats that she just has a fast… Read more »
monkey
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monkey

I agree its a difficult subject cause kids may be sensitive, but regarless, it is very important for kids to know what good nutrition is. It really is up to the parents to teach them, just like anything else. It doesn’t need to be such a big deal, just part of their everylife.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

wait what?! is this a typo? 10 pounds?

hannah
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hannah

She said 10lbs lighter than the weight she’s at now, at this age (32). I think you just misread.

hays
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hays

every time i read this i think that it says she weighed 10 pounds at 9 years old too haha! it’s because they put a period after the lbs so i read it like it’s the end of the sentence

Katy
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Katy

It sucks to be a fat kid. I was chubby in my tween years and even though I’m skinny now, I still feel like a little fat kid..It’s hard with kids though, coz you feel like you can’t talk to them about that stuff without giving them all sorts of issues. I really hope when I have kids I will just feed them healthy most of the time and hope they turn out okay!

kiki
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kiki

I know what you mean. I worry about when I have kids in the future. I want to do my best to ensure they are at a healthy weight and mental well-being, but what if I mess up without realizing it? it seems really tricky..especially with genetics like mine

missy
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missy

I feel like I had some weight issues because of my weight fluxuations as a child… ANOTHER reason why I’m terrified to have kids!

mel
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It’s good that she was able to see it from a healthy viewpoint instead of feeling the need to be superskinny. I think a lot of kids, if they were on Weight Watchers from a very young age, would not have such a healthy attitude as she does now.

Emma
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Emma

I agree with you. I was on weightw–chers at nine and at sixteen, I was hospitalized for anorexia.

snoops
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snoops
the thing is, none of know what the weight watchers “kids programme” is like – for all we know there is no focus on weight but focus simply just on healthy activity and putting the right foods into your body to stay healthy. In which case, that can only be a good thing! I remember when I was little (like 4-5 years old) learning about good oral hygiene in school. We learnt about brushing twice daily, eating the right foods, and avoiding too much sugary foods and drinks like candy and soda because they are bad for our teeth.They showed… Read more »
snoops
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snoops

Btw I have never been on a diet programme so I have no idea what its actually like, but basicly I just think that its good to teach kids about healthy eating. I wasn’t taught about it, even though my mum is a healthy eater, my peers weren’t, and I ate rubbish like they did, and I still struggle to avoid eating too much junk because its such a habit for me. Luckily I have a fast metabolism but I know its still unhealthy.

deanna
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Whatever. Every celebrity claims to have been either a fat and/or ugly kid/teen or had an eating disorder.

hannah
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hannah

Not uncommon for a non-celebrity to claim either. Why is it so impossible to believe that a celebrity feels this way or felt this way as a child?

deanna
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I never said it was impossible. Clearly it is possible with every single female celebrity coming out with a story about how they were ugly or overweight or had an eating disorder. They seem to think it makes them more relatable and interesting which maybe it does for some people but I personally don’t feel the need to relate to a celebrity. Maybe that’s why it isn’t as endearing to me. I just prefer other posts to this type.

celine
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celine

endearing? lol maybe theyre not trying to be more relatable maybe they are just answering questions truthfully

if those truths bother you then I guess you need to find someone who says the things you want to hear.

you’d be great at censure.

deanna
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….are you alright?

celine
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celine

out of answeres obviously..

deanna
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I just thought your comment was really irrelevant. I never said it bothers me, i just said i prefer other posts because i don’t personally relate to this one. Why does that offend you so much? I’m sure there have been posts that you didn’t really care much for.

Mia
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I see where you are going with this. I do not have an issue with the post personally, but it does seem that celebrities are coming out with more sob stories. than ever. Perhaps it is that they know the impact they have on many people and they want people to feel normal for having issues like eating disorders or it can just be publicity stuff i don’t know. I admire that you do not feel the need to relate with famous peoples. It is something about most people that really disturbed me when i moved to the states.

Kimberley
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Kimberley

I think the fact that she is opening up about this is great. A lot of other celebs would be far too embaressed to admit they were chubby as a kid.

I weighed more at 14 than I do now at 22 and I don’t blame anyone for that. My parents didn’t feed me crap, I didn’t sit on my arse 24hrs a day and I understood ”good” and ”bad” foods. A lot of the weight just fell off over the years…but weight watchers? really?

aj
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I reckon she’s promoting weight watchers… and jeez, fair enough to go on it if you’re overweight, but come on, after like 20 years wouldn’t you be able to eat normally.

maddie
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maddie

well i cant really relate because i was one of the skinniest kids in my class….its weird she was so aware of her body since she was nine. a lot of the kids who i knew who were chubby in primary school just dropped the puppy fat as they developed…

alex de
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alex de

I have done weight watchers and its a really healthy approach to food in my opinion. Theres not as much restriction as in other diet programs. I think its better that what other celebs promote like “slim fast or quick trim” or crap like that.

Rilo-Alexie
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As someone who grew up being overweight and at one (brief) point obese as a child I find this hits a cord with me because I have been struggling to lose weight and keep it off from the time I was elven and twelve. I got my first gym membership at age eleven and have never been completely at the point of happiness with my weight. So it’s nice to see that Ginnifer has maintain a healthy weight for so long. I’ll take her as inspiration.

k
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I can see that weight watchers is a good way to learn about health/proper portions, but I still think it’s a little sad that a 9-year-old had this on her plate (so to speak).

Just seems like a grown-up issue, you know? When I was a kid i never cared about my looks or weight or portion sizes…my biggest worry was how late my parents would let me play outside before dinnertime.

nb
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shes lucky her mother approached it in a ‘lets get healthy’ mindset .. i weigh 12 lbs less now than i did in fifth grade and bout 7 in taller .. if my mom had the same attitude instead of telling me i need to lose weight all the time and be skinny i wouldnt struggle with an eating disorder to this day

Nina
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Nina

My mom told me to lose weight all the time as well when I was 5’2″/5’3″ and 145 and I never developed an eating disorder. She actually still tells me to lose weight even though I’m 5’8″ and 137 and most of my friends think I’m slim. She tells me I look better in clothes when I’m 125 (which is true) but it doesn’t really bother me. You can’t really blame your mother for your eating disorder.

padme
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padme

Well lucky for you. But actually mothers can have a huge influence on whether a girl develops an eating disorder.

While I don’t entirely blame my mother, she definitely contributed to it with her comments about how fat I was growing up. I would say she was the number one cause for my issues.

vi
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@nina I think different people will react differently to the same criticism and surely no one can say their mother is the ONLY reason they developed an eating disorder but parents can be a huge contributing factor in eating disorders. btw i don’t have an ED just interested in the psychology.

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Hmmm…I’m really sorry that your mother talks to you that way. From the beginning, it is a mother’s job to promote healthy eating habits, not make negative comments about her childrens’ weight.

Nina
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Nina

I way less now than I did when I was 12 and 5-6 inches shorter so I can relate.

Nina
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Nina

weigh*

Daniel
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Daniel
People who says that kids usually don’t care about weight obviously never struggled with obesity. I am a man, and when I was 10 years old, I was heavier than I am now. I was 250 lbs. Can you really think that I had no issues with my weight?? I ended up crying secretly in my bedroom at night because I had no friend and everybody was making fun of me… I went to weight watchers for kids too. That saved me and my family. Everyone learnt how to live healthily. My mom changed her cooking, made smaller portions and… Read more »
krikri
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krikri
I was 10 pounds lighter than now when I was 11. That means nothing. I was not overweight. I reached my adult height at 13. We don’t know much how overweight she was or not. If parents fail at dealing with finance, do they send the 9 yr kids to study family budget ? I don’t think so. “it is very important for kids to know what good nutrition is” I disagree. Kids need to be given good nutrition as an example. They only feed themselves on their own at adult age. At 9, you don’t drive, do your shopping,… Read more »
Chrissy
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Chrissy

ok i’m not sure what most of that was… but children, even at age 9, are going to have to make their own decisions about what to eat, they need the knowledge to make those decisions. Even if it’s one/two decision(s) a day on what to eat at school, and then maybe their afternoon snack, it’ll influence habits for life.

Bellerina
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Bellerina
Actually, I have done my own laundry, prepared my own meals (they were very basic but I did cook for myself and pack my own lunch every school day) since I was 7 or 8. I was very independent with little information. And guess what? I was a chubby kid despite being very active. The problem was in what I ate. A chocolate sandwiche or a full package of ramen were often an after school snack. And I always ate dessert. Then I fell into a cycle of unhealthy dieting to take off the weight in junior high and high… Read more »
burckybear
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burckybear

still a bit of a pudding

lizzy
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lizzy

😉

Angie
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Angie

Weight watchers does work, I have been on it since I was 15 and I am 27 now and have kept off the 60 pounds I lost. I don’t go to the
Meetings anymore but still follow the points thing.

figureskater
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figureskater

are you sure she weighed 10 lbs?
thats crazy..

figureskater
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figureskater

Oh i am sorrry, misread the story!

enlightened
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enlightened

I love how some obese people blame genetics for their condition and then go on to eat burgers, pizzas, fries etc. every day of the week.. every “normal” person would get fat too.

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