Bridesmaids breakout star, Melissa McCarthy is known for her amazing comedic timing, ability to make audiences literally laugh out loud, and penchant for not taking herself and her weight too seriously. But in the latest issue of Good Housekeeping, McCarthy admits she sometimes wishes she were skinny.
“Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size six and I never had to give [my weight] a single thought,” she explained.
But despite being overweight, McCarthy says she’s healthy and comfortable with herself and wants to pass on a healthy body image to her daughters.
“I am weirdly healthy, so I don’t beat myself up about it – it wouldn’t help, and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls,” she told Good Housekeeping.
Though she works in one of the most body-conscious industries in the world McCarthy, a married mother of two daughters, is amazingly comfortable with herself. Unlike many who strive to constantly get thinner—even when they appear to already be thin—McCarthy isn’t worried about being skinny. Why? She’s comfortable with herself.
“Pretty much everyone I know, no matter what size, is trying some system. Even when someone gets to looking like she should be so proud of herself, instead she’s like, ‘I could be another three pounds less; I could be a little taller and have bigger lips.’ Where does it end? You just have to say, ‘It’s pretty damn good. I am right here at the moment and I’m OK with it. I’ve got other things to think about.’”
I agree with McCarthy. I’ve observed people who have reached their “goal weight” still complain about tiny imperfections or obsess over things they cannot change. It’s a maddening cycle that can do more harm than good.
When it comes to our health, and weight loss in particular, are we too obsessed with the numbers on the scale?