America’s Weight Obsession Hits a New Low: Body Shaming

Was I the only one shaking my head as the media shamed James Gandolfini for his weight and eating habits? Not 24 hours after his death, in between reports of celebrities talking about what a great friend, parent, and actor he was, the non-stop coverage of his weight started and it didn’t slow down. Just hours after he was confirmed dead, a legendary journalist was talking about him not being “one to push back from the table.” This coming from someone who had his first heart attack at 53, just two years beyond the massive heart attack that took Gandolfini, 51, to the grave. So what gives? Why has the media gone “mean girl” on a Hollywood star? Apparently his weight was bigger than his career.