Fame has its price, and for many female celebrities, that price comes in the form of cruel comments about their bodies. Now Lady Gaga is wielding her weapons of words to respond to the rude and crude comments about her weight, reported People magazine on July 23.
Critics attacked the superstar singer's appearance after she performed at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. They used Twitter to fuel the fat-shaming frenzy, with comments such as "this isn't sexy; this is fat" used to caption Lady Gaga's photo.
Lady Gaga posted a photo of herself looking glamorous in response, with the caption: "Curvy and Proud." It earned 145,000 likes, with comments from fans such as "You look beautiful being you."
The negative feedback also compared Lady Gaga to other artists, linking her weight to her career fate. One person wrote: "Gaga is over, she is fat, Katy [Perry] is better than her," reported Us Weekly on July 22.
However, Lady Gaga has developed the ability to deal with bullies. She started her own social media campaign to encourage self-acceptance and has been candid about her battle with both bulimia and anorexia.
Although she reportedly went on a gluten-free diet at one point and took spin classes to slim down, Lady Gaga also has been vocal about her belief that weight loss should not be a requirement for her success. She's been active in her use of social media against fat-shaming and bullying.
"Today I join the BODY REVOLUTION. To Inspire Bravery. And BREED some m*therf***ing COMPASSION," she posted. "May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous."
Lady Gaga also has emphasized that her boyfriend accepts her as she is. "My boyfriend prefers me curvier, when I eat and am healthy and not so worried about my looks," she wrote. "And I am proud at any size."
But in the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men experience eating disorders at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Beyond that, many more suffer from body dissatisfaction and disordered eating behaviors and attitudes.
The latest research shows that 40 to 60 percent of elementary school girls worry about their weight and fear becoming fat. And for most of them, those fears continue throughout their lives.