December 22nd, 2010
10:29 AM ET
A profile on "Big Love" actress Ginnifer Goodwin (above) from our partner Health magazine brought some interesting perspective from readers. The post from CNN's Marquee blog was one of the most popular stories Tuesday.
Goodwin told the magazine she started on Weight Watchers at age 9.
“I really did go through a period when I was very little when I remember realizing that vegetables did not come out of the ground deep-fried,” she recalled. “I changed my eating habits in fourth grade because I was a heavy little girl, and I was unhappy. And I remember my mom making dinner for me the first night that I was on this new program, and I burst out crying because the vegetables were green, and I thought she was trying to starve me to death.”
Many commented on the age that Goodwin started her weight-loss program. The comments have been edited for spelling and brevity.
Danika: She's been on Weight Watchers since she was 9? Does anybody wonder what the heck was wrong with her parents? Who puts a child on Weight Watchers?
Jean: Going on Weight Watchers at age 9 is not bad. If she was a chubby girl, this just gave her a chance to eat healthy food. When they set the target weight, it might end up being too low for you, but that can be changed as you progress in your weight loss. You are not forced to get that light.
You eat normal food from the grocery store, just not a lot of prepared foods. You do need to learn to cook and then think ahead and prepare the vegetables, meats and starches for your meals. It is not a diet, but a healthy way of eating. If you don't do well on the program, it just means that you are not willing to put in the effort to follow it.
Regina: My mom stuck me on diets at that age. ... I look back at pictures and realize I wasn't even a heavy kid! I had so many body issues because of all that nonsense. I'm a healthy, happy, size 16 and love every single glorious curve of me!
Leo: Have you seen some of the fat little kids running around this country?
I was fat when I was a kid. I ate too much. Plain and simple. ... I loved to eat. I wish my mother had reined me in and gotten me started on healthy eating right away. Instead, by the time I was 12, I was the fat kid in class. My face was bloated and round, my stomach stuck out, and I realized how bad it was.
So, at the age of 12, I started my own diet. I cut out sweets and junk food, and I started running. Nobody else told me to do it. But because I'd become so fat in the first place, I spent years with body image issues. If I'd learned portion control and healthy eating when I was younger, it would have been much, much better.
CNN health’s diet and fitness expert, Dr. Melina Jampolis, has tackled the question of what is an age-appropriate diet.
Here are some other stories dealing with the same topic: How to talk to tweens about healthy eating and When a parent's good intentions disparage obese children.
What is an appropriate age to start discussing weight-loss or obesity prevention with your child?
For Health's full interview with Goodwin, check back on CNN.com/health next week.
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