Serious Question: So…Can We Please Stop Talking About Jennifer Hudson’s Weight Already?

December 6, 2012  |  

I was browsing through different blogs yesterday afternoon being nosey, which is what I do, when on Theybf I noticed there was a post about Jennifer Hudson covering Lucky magazine. Any time a black woman can cover some elite mainstream publication, I’m usually excited for them because it means we’re getting more opportunities and spaces to show our faces. But, as it has been for the past year or two, my excitement for her was immediately deflated when I noticed what the big focus of her interview was: her weight. Again. Oh joy. While they did discuss her fashion sense, the Jennifer Hudson Clothing Collection as well as her upcoming role on the show “Smash” for a hot second, the last chunk of the article was devoted to discussing how she keeps the 80 pounds she lost off. No questions about her plans with music, nothing about her future nuptials, nothing about movies she’s working on in the future, just making healthy margherita pizza, sneaking in chocolate in her Weight Watchers diet daily, and still getting comfortable with “small Jennifer” vs. “big Jennifer.” *sighs*

I thought I was alone in the eye roll I did over the weight loss focus, but it seemed many folks commenting on Theybf (who weren’t being extremely disrespectful) were expressing their disdain for the fact that Hudson was being bombarded about her weight loss for the umpteenth time. Don’t get me wrong, I love JHud, and I’m proud of what she has been able to do when it comes to her weight loss and keeping it off. Trust me, I know it’s not easy. But seriously, have we not been talking about this for years already?

It was in 2010 that Hudson signed on with Weight Watchers and started to shed a great deal of pounds. She dropped about 50 originally and then went on Oprah later and announced that she had gone on to lose about 80. I remember watching her running on the treadmill on the show, talking about how she actually enjoyed jogging thinking, “Wow, it’s amazing how much weight she lost. If she can do it, I ought to get my life together.” But that was in early 2011. It’s almost 2013 and it’s safe to say that she’s gone through the first part of this decade milking the weight loss thing for all it’s worth. She’s put out a book about it, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, she’s flipped Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” on its head in numerous Weight Watchers commercials, done numerous TV appearances talking about it, and been asked about it an almost every interview she has done about it, overshadowing a lot of the other great things she has done over the years.

To me, Jennifer Hudson has the type of talent some people would do anything to have. She can sing, she can act, she has a winning attitude and warm personality, a beautiful son, and she’s a very good looking woman. She has so much going for her that it is starting to pain me that the only thing that people in the media like to talk to her about is whether or not she’s a size 0 and what foods she sneaks and eats on her diet. Really? The first five times it was interesting, but at this point, it’s becoming tiresome. The same way it’s tiresome to read an interview about Rihanna where they bring up Chris Brown being forgiven by her and the public. These habitual questions are partly her fault for keeping in close contact with him, but damn, can we move on? Does she not have anything else to talk about or offer?

I understand that any publicity, no matter what people are talking about, is good publicity. It is better for Hudson to be on the cover of a magazine talking about her body than to be somewhere fading into obscurity, but I don’t want someone with such an uplifting story–an axed “American Idol” contestant gets cast in a big movie, wins an Oscar, gets record deal, loses her mother, brother and nephew but overcomes the tragedy, gets engaged, has a son and lives the life–to be turned into the black Carnie Wilson, where the rest of her life the cameras will be on her backside, negatively commenting on any pound she gains if she does or obsessing about whether or not she’s too skinny. Seriously, ain’t nobody got time for that. Hudson has too much to offer the world to focus on one specific thing–the physical, and while I’m all about black women being healthy and working out, it’s time we turn the page in the chapter in this book of Hudson’s life. So, what’s next?


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  • scandalous7

    the most serious question I have heard all year

  • Nopeadope

    We will stop talking about it when she stops looking like a bobblehead !

  • Just Me

    I love Jennifer Hudson! She looks great – fit and healthy – and like anyone else who’s a reformed (fill in the blank), she’s proud, happy and will talk about it ad nauseam. lol However, in her case and defense, she’s being asked about it and simply responding.

  • Candacey Doris

    I have to admit, i need to hear something about her doing music. She’s getting into has been territory hear.

  • Meyaka

    I love Jenny and i am so happy she is finally secure and happy in her appereance but I can’t defend her on this.where is the new music?new movie?something! All aha has done or talk about lately has been her weight,I mean if she wants to be a model that’s fine but how do you expect to keep your fans interested if all you do is parade around ?

  • LMJ82

    Here, Here! Thank you sooo much for writing this article! Gosh…I thought I was the only one who felt like this. I have been so SICK of hearing about this woman’s weight almost from the very beginning! And when she said that she was more proud of her weight loss than her Oscar, I threw up and punched my screen! Anyways…I think she has milked the “I lost weight thing” for all it’s worth and it is very sad b/c she is UBER-talented….just glad to see someone else notices it. I just feel sorry for when she gains it all back. :-/

  • olivia

    If you take away the weight issue, there really is nothing left to say. As someone already mentioned, she makes her living off singing jingles for Weight Watchers.

    She’s the one that keeps reminding us. Every magazine article mentions her weight and how she has managed to keep it off.

    • Nikki

      And no offense to J-Hud, but she talks about how she’s managed to keep it off but it hasn’t even been that long…

  • Say What?

    Does J-Hud sing anymore? I swear the last time I heard her do so was singing a tune about eating low calorie food on a Weight Watchers ad…

  • Cleo

    I really think Jen should gain some weight back actually she doesn’t look right, I thought she was so beautiful the night she won her Oscar. Not everyone is meant to be skinny

    • realadulttalk

      IMO she’s just lost too much weight. She’s now rail thin which is also not the best look. A happy medium would look best.


    Well she can go under a rock. Celebrities will fight to be famous all their lives; and when they do they wear shades or dodge the public. SMDH. Forget her weight loss she looks like her neck blew a bubble. And whats with the ( ) parenthesis syndrome on her face!!

    • sexcgenius

      Well, you sit at the computer all day everyday keyboard thugging, so your parethesis are around your stomach.

      • TRUTH IS

        In the court of opinion, it’s my opinion and am sticking to it, trollop!! Thanks for the shout out anywho….rofl!!

        • sexcgenius

          Shoutout? I guess when you are desperate for attention you will take it anyway you can get it. Enjoy your miserable day loser.

          • TRUTH IS

            You offered your attention services to me freely….rofl….ever heard of IGNORE trollop?!? Who are you, Jhud spokesperson?!?

            • LMJ82

              The parentheses comment was Hilarious! I have been noticing it ever since she lost weight and egh!, I hate to see her smile. And don’t worry about “sexycgenius”…maybe it’s really JHud..Hey Jen! Don’t be mad girl! ;-p

              • TRUTH IS

                Tehe…it’s too obvious to the naked eyes…..sexydunce is a troll….I dont get how people get worked up over other people’s opinion. We can agree to disagree in a civil manner….pffff

                • LMJ82

                  Lol…Agreed. Some people take things Way too seriously. They go IN and for whaat? I’m sorry, I didn’t realize we were talking about your mama! Lol. Anyways, Cyberthugs never win. Have a good day girl, I’m about to go enjoy the rest of my 30th b-day! 😉

                  • TRUTH IS

                    Exactly. Jhud dont give 2 hoots about her…so why get worked up. Keyboard thugs…smh….Do enjoy your bday!! God bless 🙂

    • for real now?

      I’m sorry to say but I do not think Jhud looks attractive at this weight. The () is a sign that she is starving herelf and is probably malnourished- maybe she’s not but she looks like it. Jhud looks like she could be a good 10 to 20 pounds heavier and still be in a healthy weight range for her height but lets be real… she is in hollywood and she’s trying to play by their rules.
      Yes- being overweight is not healthy but starving yourself to fit into some unhealthy beauty standard is also dangerous.
      Before the weight loss Jhud looked like an average girl next door but now… she looks unattractive because she looks sick!

      • TRUTH IS

        Agreed. And am sure she did this for roles. Sad thing hollywood is all about white actors/actresses.

  • Ladybug94

    You’re the only one talking/writing about it!!