With so much attention put on the good looks of celebrities, there comes a pressure – especially on women – to measure up. For the better part of the last century, this was seen primarily through our gravitation toward advice that might make us as thin as our favourite stars. Tabloids and women’s magazines alike traded in the valuable stock of articles on how to get abs like Britney, Jennifer Aniston’s toned body or lose post-pregnancy weight like Victoria Beckham. The seemingly insatiable appetite of readers for the weight loss secrets of the stars led to the rise of celebrity trainers and nutritionists – names like Tracy Anderson, Mary Helen Bowers, Jeanette Jenkins and Jackie Warner.
Then, there were celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, Bethenny Frankel and Mario Lopez who became pseudo nutritionists raking in millions from their privileged physiques and apparent willingness to share their wisdom with the world. This often led to suspect advice like surviving on almost nothing but cabbage soup (Sarah Michelle Gellar), eating baby food (Lady Gaga), obsessing over green juice (Paltrow) and eating nine 60-calorie cookies a day (Snookie).