Archive | April 2012

Katniss too heavy? Really?

I am still hearing criticism that Jennifer Lawrence, who perfectly played the part of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, was too curvy for the role. In fact, some have said she was too “fat” for the role.

The argument seems to be about the fact that the people of the districts are starved into submission. In the movie The Hunger Games, rather than being an emaciated waif, Katniss as played by Ms. Lawrence appears to be a very healthy weight, with not just curves, but a bit of “lingering baby fat” in her face.

Now, I’ll make one comment regarding the “realism” to attempt to pacify the authenticity police before moving on to my actual problem with this criticism. And that comment is that Katniss is known to keep her family fed. In fact, she is successful enough at hunting the she is able to sell and trade some of her game to others. One does not “trade” food when one is starving. Given her skills with hunting and scavenging, I would expect Katniss to be better fed than most citizens of the districts. Not just any food, either, but protein, which allows building muscle. Ok? I would not have expected Katniss to be emaciated and starving… because she’s NOT starving.

Now, with that out of the way, I have this to say to the rest of the critics of Ms. Lawrence’s healthy body:

Are you out of your MIND?!?!

  • It is estimated that seven million women in the United States have an eating disorder
  • One in 200 women in the United States suffer from anorexia
  • Two to three in 100 women in the United States suffer from bulimia
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
  • A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reported that 5 – 10% of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease; 18-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30 – 40% ever fully recover
  • The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old.
  • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems
  • Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents
  • 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25

If I had a daughter, Katniss Everdeen is a role model I would encourage her to follow. She is smart and strong and independent. She is not only a girl who does not need a boyfriend, but finds it a source of stress that there are boys interested in her. She seeks to solve her own problems. Not only that, but she is fiercely protective and loyal to those she cares about. Katniss Everdeen is a girl young women should be encouraged to emulate.

And you want to put an emaciated, frail Katniss on that screen? A girl that we should be enouraging our daughters to follow, and you want to put an anorexic trigger right up there on that big screen?

Shame on you. Shame on anyone who criticizes Jennifer Lawrence’s shape in this film.

Jennifer Lawrence was perfect in this role. And I am NOT just talking about her acting.