May 19, 2024

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Shallow Hal Body Double Developed An Eating Disorder

Snitzer was harassed and ridiculed. She was accused of ‘promoting obesity’. She received diet pills sent to her home. By 2003, she’d developed an eating disorder and was “technically starving to death”.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Shallow Hal Body Double Developed An Eating Disorder

“I was so thin you could see my teeth through my face and my skin was all grey,” Snitzer says. “Humans shouldn’t have to experience how very bleak that particular time in my life was. ”

The same year, she underwent gastric band surgery to reduce the size of stomach, but after the band slipped post-surgery, she “got a torsion – like dogs get and then die”.

After spending time in hospital for depression and malnutrition, Snitzer eventually got her mental and physical health back on track. She met her husband of 13 years and began seeing her friends again.

“Shallow Hal was, regrettably, released 22 years ago. Yet we still live in a society that sees fatness as a condition to be mocked and ridiculed. ”

To hear what Snitzer went through following Shallow Hal‘s release should come as no surprise. The film is almost two hours of incessant fat jokes. Rosemary’s only purpose in the film is to be ridiculed, and to facilitate Hal’s personal development. She is stripped entirely of any autonomy as a fat woman.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Shallow Hal Body Double Developed An Eating Disorder

Shallow Hal was, regrettably, released 22 years ago. Yet fatphobia still runs rampant in 2023. We still live in a society that sees fatness as a condition to be mocked and ridiculed. One study found that overweight people face ‘universal bigotry’, with 9 in 10 have experiencing weight stigma from their family, while another study found that 62% Britons think people are likely to discriminate against someone who is overweight.

For Snitzer to endure such relentless bullying because of her size – on such a global stage as Hollywood – would cause immeasurable suffering to anyone. It is hardly surprising that her main goal became to shrink herself by any means necessary. It shows the very real and very dangerous consequences of a fatphobic society that still sees fatness as nothing more than the butt of the joke.

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