Comparing ourselves to other women isn’t just unhealthy but counterproductive as well. Yet, it is the way of life for some people. Furthermore, it’s wrong to feel like someone’s perfections automatically means that we’re flawed, and yet, it can happen to the best of us. Lisa Kudrow recently opened up about the constant body shaming that she and her co-stars faced on the set of ‘Friends’.
On this week’s episode of the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast, Kudrow pulled back the curtains on the body image issues she experienced on the set of Friends. She also expressed that she often compared herself to her co-stars Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston.
“You see yourself on TV, and it’s that, ‘Oh my god, I’m just a mountain of a girl’,” she said. “And I’m already bigger than Courtney and Jennifer. [I was] taller, bigger. My bones feel bigger, I just felt like this mountain of a woman next to them.”
Kudrow is well known for playing Phoebe Buffay on the wildly successful sitcom ‘Friends’. By the looks of it, everything was perfect, and every teenager would give anything to have a body like theirs. However, it turns out, women on Friends also wanted to be skinny like Friends.
Kudrow told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast that she felt uncomfortable because she was taller than her co-stars on Friends. “You see yourself on TV and it’s that, ‘Oh, my God, I’m just a mountain of a girl,’” Kudrow said. “I’m already bigger than Courteney and Jennifer — bigger like my bones feel bigger. I just felt like this mountain of a woman next to them.”
‘When I was too thin, I was sick all the time’
Kudrow also opened up about trying to lose her weight on purpose while on the set of Friends. The disappointing part of this is that she was complimented on her slimmer frame regardless of how she lost her pounds. “Unfortunately for a woman, if you’re underweight, you look good. And that’s all I ever got,” she said. Kudrow also pointed out that being skinny didn’t equate to being healthy. “When I was too thin, I was sick all the time. A cold, sinus infection… I was always sick.”
But now, the 55-years-old actress and comedian said she feels more comfortable in her body. “I have a whole battle all the time,” she said. “I end up with, ‘So what? So, alright. You’re older. That’s a good thing. Why is that a bad thing?’”. Kudrow says she has developed a healthier relationship with her body and is embracing ageing with a positive outlook. We’re glad to hear the story has a happy ending.
Women spend loads of time and money and on maintaining a slim body. The desire that is fueled by watching skinny women on TV often leads women to harm their health. Complementing one’s skinny frame while being aware of the unhealthy lifestyle they are leading is wrong. This behaviour, in addition to making them sick, can also lead to self-starving and a lot more negatives. It is always good and recommended to stay fit. However, depriving our body of the nutrition it needs isn’t anywhere close to being fit.
It’s important to remember that those skinny women also have their own pressures to maintain an unnatural weight. At the end of the day, you should be happy with yourself as you are. Let us remember to stay fit as well as healthy.
Source: UpWorthy, Vogue, Hello Giggles