Drastic weight fluctuations seems to be a staple of Hollywood, as fad diets, method film acting, and the pressure to look thin often cause its stars to drop and gain weight at an alarming pace. Some of the celebrities that have been a victim of this have been Jonah Hill, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Love-Hewitt, just to name a few.
Jonah Hill is perhaps the most interesting example to take - here's a terrific comedic actor who's managed to gain a place on the Hollywood A-list without being forced to lose weight to gain roles. It's largely because men aren't held to the same standards as women in Hollywood, but also because Hill's viability is an actor is actually tied to his weight. When he lost a large amount of weight two years back, many outlets assumed that it was because he wanted to become 'leading man' material. However, Hill soon revealed that it was because of his role in 21 Jump Street. Could he have stayed that weight? Sure, but experts in casting have said that he would have lost out on the type of roles that were tailored around him when he was overweight.
It's unfortunate, and truly sends mixed messages to young kids about what it's ok to put your body through. Most stars, especially ones on the A-list, will only lose weight when the film role requires it - actors such as Matt Damon and Christian Bale. However, there are also stars like Jennifer Lawrence who refuse to lose weight regardless of what the role says, explaining that it will set a bad example for young children.
Then, there are stars like Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Love-Hewitt - all victims of fad diets and intense scrutiny from the public. They lose weight to fit a certain media ideal, but they end up gaining that weight back as soon as they're out of the spotlight. It will be interesting to see if the perception of weight changes across Hollywood over the next few years, especially with a new generation of actors and musicians who seem to put less emphasis on it.