Marie Osmond sheds light on how harmful it can be to comment on someone’s appearance.
The 63-year-old singer and TV personality told The New York Post’s Page Six that a producer once scolded her for her weight while filming the popular 1970s variety show “Donny & Marie,” which she and her brother Donny Osmond starred in as teenagers.
“This is where I was taken to the back by a studio boss – and I’m like 5 [feet]5 [inches] and about 103 pounds,” Osmond said, recalling his weight at the time. “And he basically said, ‘You’re an embarrassment to your family. You are fat.'”
The message, she said, was that “250 people were going to lose their jobs because you can’t keep the food out of your fat face.”
That’s when extreme dieting became “real business for me,” she said, and she dropped to “about 92 pounds.”
But later, she had an “aha” moment that taught her that “body dysmorphia is a real thing.”
“I was in [a] dressing room, bending down to put on my pantyhose, and there was a girl changing who was just an emaciated skeleton with skin on her,” Osmond told Page Six. “And I just thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s so sick,’ and I got up and realized that girl was me.”
Although she got through “those really tough years” with the help of her parents, Osmond is still strongly committed to food culture. She was a spokesperson for Nutrisystem for years, and recently launched a weight loss program with the company for women over 55.
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