Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website, Goop, is once again facing backlash on social media, as Twitter users are slamming the outlet for publishing an article about ‘achieving your leanest livable weight.’
In Goop’s interview with Traci Mann, Ph.D., the Secrets From the Eating Lab author discusses ‘why diets don’t work, the role of willpower, and achieving your leanest livable weight.’ Although her advice is quite reasonable (ditch your scale and focus on improving your health), critics took issue with the use of the phrase ‘leanest livable weight.’
‘Aka, how to be as thin as possible without dying,’ Tory Shaheen tweeted, while someone else commented: ‘Jesus Christ! Stop it goop. Just stop.’
Backlash: Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website, Goop, is being criticized for publishing an interview with Traci Mann, Ph.D. about ‘achieving your leanest livable weight’
Assumptions: Critics associated the phrase with excessive dieting and starvation
Triggered: One woman saw the article about ‘why diets don’t work, the role of willpower, and achieving your leanest livable weight’ and told Goop to ‘just stop’
Whoops: A man named Tom suggested Goop should be encouraging women to b ‘healthy weight.’ Ironically, that is what the interview is about
Someone named Tom wrote: ‘How about encouraging women and girls to be a healthy weight?’
And Louise MacDonald added: ‘Would a realistic healthy maintainable weight not be a better choice of words?’
Ironically, the article is actually all about finding a healthy, maintainable weight, leading some people to leap to Goop’s defense.
‘You people are trolls who didn’t even read the article!’ CM Hamilton Monk wrote. ‘Yeah! Stop interviewing sincere people who tell us to eat vegetables! Vegetables are the devil. Shame… As if they are good for humans or something…’
Angry: One woman questioned why anyone would use the phrase ‘leanest livable weight’
Opinion: The woman noted she read the article and still found the phrase to be ‘appalling’
Just saying: Louise MacDonald through ‘healthy, maintainable weight’ would be a better choice of words
Some incorrectly associated ‘achieving your leanest livable weight’ with starvation, and Aaron Stoner pointed out that critics were projecting negative connotations onto the phrase.
‘Guys leanest livable weight doesn’t mean what you think it means,’ he tweeted.
Goop interview: Traci Mann (pictured) says ‘your “leanest livable weight” is the weight at the low end of your “set range”‘
‘Your “leanest livable weight” is the weight at the low end of your “set range.” Mann explains in the article. ‘Your set range is a genetically determined range of weight that your body generally keeps you in, despite your efforts to escape it.’
Mann stresses that reaching your ‘leanest livable weight’ has nothing to do with being a certain size or depriving yourself.
‘For many of us, our leanest livable weight is heavier than our dream weight,’ she says. ‘I urge people to aim for their leanest livable weight, rather than below it.
‘Embrace it — it’s where your body wants you to be, it’s easy to maintain, and you can be healthy there.’
Not what you think: Aaron Stoner pointed out that critics were projecting negative connotations onto the phrase
Defense team: CM Hamilton Monk called the critics ‘trolls who didn’t even read the article’
Hitting back: The woman sarcastically said Goop should ‘stop interviewing sincere people who tell us to eat vegetables’
She notes that the only reason you would need to diet is if you’re ‘well above that range,’ but even then she advises the use of ‘sensible strategies’ like loading up on veggies and monitoring how much sugar you put into your coffee.
‘You can be healthy at almost any weight — within your set range — so instead of focusing on the number, why not just focus on being healthy?’ she says.
This isn’t the first time a Goop article has rubbed people the wrong way. The site recently came under fire for recommending a $135 at-home coffee enema kit that an OBGYN called ‘dangerous’ and ‘ineffective.’
Goop was also heavily criticized in December for publishing a Q&A article with celebrity personal trainer Tracy Anderson about ‘how to lose weight fast.’ In the interview, Anderson shares her meal and exercise plan for people to lose up to 14lbs in four weeks.