Bad Diet Advice from the movies

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It’s that time of year, Folks. Swimsuit season is here and I suddenly see diet references everywhere. (blah!) Luckily, in most cases, the diet advice that is portrayed on-screen is generally bad diet advice which makes it comical instead of annoying. With the epidemic in America today in regards to weight, it would be wise for movie makers to think twice about giving diet advice- even in a comical sense – in movies that children and teenagers would watch. I know from experience that diet and weight issues begin at a young age where the irony of the quotes may be lost.

This is a different kind of post today but I thought I’d post some comical quotes that give VERY BAD diet advice… don’t take any of these and make sure your children don’t get any ideas from these…

Little Miss Sunshine

“When you eat ice cream, the fat in the ice cream becomes fat on your body. So if you eat a lot of ice cream, you might become fat, and if you don’t, you’ll stay nice and skinny.”

Yes… this advice was given to a child… A CHILD…

The Devil Wears Prada

“Well, I don’t eat anything and when I feel like I’m about to faint I eat a cube of cheese. I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.”

Ok this is one of my favorite movies but the anorexic fashion models’ advice gives me a headache….


Derek: “So What? I throw up after lots of meals.”
Hansel: “Yeah, it’s a great way to lose pounds before a show.”

Bring it On

“I want you to think of what you ate today. Got it? Now cut that in half. This is called a diet, people, everyone start one today! Darcy, you should stop eating. You see, when you skip a meal, your body feeds off its fat stores. And if you skip enough, maybe your body will eat your ass!”

When I was a cheerleader in high school, we were fitted for our uniforms the spring before the year we would actually be wearing them… We had about 6 months before we were actually in the uniforms and were put on diet and exercise plans by our coaches because we could not gain a single pound during those 6 months (these are during growing years – keep that in mind!) We were taken to see Bring It On in the theaters when it came out. Quotes like these, although meant to be funny, were taken literal by many of us and our coaches… Once again, PLEASE, guard your children’s minds from this kind of garbage.

Romy and Michelle’s H.S. Reunion

“Actually, I have been trying this new fat-free diet I invented. All I’ve had to eat for the past six days are gummy bears, jelly beans, and candy corns.”

Ok- this one I find kind of funny.

Knocked Up

“We would just like it if you’d go home and step on the scale, and write down how much you weigh, and subtract it by like, 20. And then weigh that much.”

What is there to say?!?!

In conclusion, PLEASE keep your children guarded from bad dieting practices. Disorders start very early.

Secondly, don’t let the media, especially movies, give you advice about how to lose weight.

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