Marie Osmond's Public Weight Loss
A mother of eight, Marie says she starting gaining weight when she gave birth to her last son. "I'm working full time and I was getting worn out and I ate for the energy," she says. " All of a sudden, one day I woke up and I was no longer a size 2–4. I was a 12–14, and I couldn't see it in the mirror. I didn't want to see it."
Marie believes that most of her ongoing weight struggles were caused by the entertainment industry. "You see the Twiggy models, and you [feel like you] have to be emaciated to be accepted in society," she says. "There were a lot of head trips. ... Every week I was standing by Raquel Welch and Cheryl Tiegs and Cheryl Ladd, and I'm 14 and looking really stupid. I think that girls do that, [and] women do that. We compare our worst to everybody's best."
Realizing the health risks involved with being overweight, Marie was determined to change her lifestyle. She decided to follow NutriSystem because she says it is both heart-healthy and private. "I didn't want to weigh-in in front of somebody. Please, I'm enough in the public eye," she says. "It was smart, and it made sense for me. It was also easy for me—no stress, no weighing things, no measuring things. I could just grab it off the shelf and go."
When your family asks you to get healthy, Marie says you have all the motivation in the world. "I could sure use my mother in my life right now, and I just couldn't do that to [my kids]," she says. "We can lose weight for many reasons—we can do it to look good or to get in those tiny little jeans. But I'm telling you, health is the only way. Not only health physically, but health mentally."
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