Gwyneth Paltrow and the “minimum acceptable weight” controversy

Gwyneth Paltrow and the “minimum acceptable weight” controversy

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is once again in the eye of the storm, not for her acting skills, but for the site she is editor and owner of, Goop.
A site that deals with well-being at 360 °, with advice on fashion, beauty, lifestyle, aesthetics and diet.

And it is precisely on the diet side that we find many questionable news that spark public opinion and anger doctors.

From the diet of goat’s milk only, which as I explain here the same actress would have done to show herself bare stomach on the cover of a newspaper, to the detox based on vegetables only up to diets of 300 calories a day, there is embarrassment of choice.


This time the controversy arises from a sentence in an interview with Dr. Traci Mann, enemy of diets, entitled ” Reversing commonplaces on diets “. This time, however, the fault is not Paltrow, nor the author of the article.

In fact, referring to a quote from a book by Traci Mann that I have spoken about here , he wondered what was meant by the phrase “living in the minimum acceptable weight” (or livable or tolerable).

Mann explains that this phrase means living in the minimum weight that our body deems right and natural. That is, without staying on a slimming diet but living in health.

Therefore not the weight that we get with weight loss, neither diet nor obtained with extreme physical activity, but the healthy weight according to a normal weight range. This weight, Mann explains, is typically greater than what would be gained from a diet. To understand this, let’s see a practical example.

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