A Reminder That It’s Okay For Women To Love Food (Even If They Gain Weight)


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by Bonnie McLaren |

Chrissy Teigen is a woman known for unapologetically speaking her mind - and now the TV host has revealed why she put on weight following the birth of her second child, Miles.

'How do you eat like this?' the TV host and model asked herself on Twitter. 'Basically I am 20 pounds heavier than I was before Miles. He’s 10 months old. I never lost the last bit because I just love food too much. Just coming to terms with my new normal, when I had this certain number for so long!'

She also reflected on the fact she was 'thinner' following her first pregnancy, with daughter Luna, due to postpartum depression, adding that she feels happier now she has gained weight. 'The thinnest I've ever been was right after Luna,' she told her 11million followers. 'Postpartum depression. I'LL TAKE THESE POUNDS AND THIS FEELING!'

Earlier in the day, Chrissy had tweeted about going for dinner with her family, and superstar husband John Legend, by chronicling everything she'd eaten. 'Yesterday we went to Joy in Highland Park & ordered, I am serious, everything on the menu,' the cookbook author wrote. 'Then we went to donut friend across the street and had apple fritters. Then we went to somi somi for ice cream in k-town. Then we went to Korean bbq. then I had a meatball sub at home.'

Even though the dialogue around body-positivity is constantly improving, unfortunately, food can still be a sensitive topic for women. There’s still an endemic fear about admitting that you like food - even though, you know, you literally can’t survive to the best of your abilities without eating regularly and often. Admitting you like food can be perceived by too many as a bad thing, as if you’re greedy. And still, many women - thanks to the diet industry - will complain about calories or apologise needlessly as they eat something that is supposedly indulgent. It's as if, even though we're allowed to eat, we’re not supposed to enjoy food. As if joy in food has to come with a side order of guilt.

Chrissy’s attitude to food, regularly posting to her Instagram videos of her cooking with her children, is well-needed, so it's great that she’s not the only celebrity who speaks openly about having a healthy relationship with food. Holly Willoughby - who will not talk about her diet and exercise regime - recently told Prima: 'I love food. It’s a celebration, something to be talked over, shopped for, cooked and enjoyed.'

And body-positive activist and actress Jameela Jamil summed it up best when she posted to Instagram on Boxing Day: 'Careful of all the diet/detox/starvation rhetoric out there today, to make you feel bad for eating some delicious food with your friends and family yesterday. Also please remember how few people have access to such food in the world and look upon that food with love and gratitude.'

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