The curious connection between celebrity fat and fame

I’m a fan of Emma Stone. I first noticed her in “Superbad,” where she played the love interest of Jonah Hill. (I did a double take because I thought Lindsey Lohan had somehow cleaned up, gained weight, turned back the hands of time and gone back to being a redhead). Movie critics loved her in “Easy A,” and all signs point to the “Amazing Spiderman” as being one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters. She’s a rising star… who seems to have lost a few pounds since “Superbad.”

That got me to thinking about other actresses’ rise (and fall) in stardom and correlating factors. It seems to me that most actresses who enjoy any modicum of fame start out with a higher body mass index than when they are at the peak of their career. Let me clarify: They are in no way obese, fat or even chubby. Indeed, one could say they look “normal.” But after their initial breakout role, they seem to shrink. And as they shrink, critical acclaim/box office profits increase.


There is a dark side: get too skinny and the acclaim/big roles also start disappearing.

I call it — The Fat/Fame Parabola.


Below, where Emma Stone has been on the parabola:

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Don’t believe me? Check out a few examples below (and please be patient as the Storify loads).

Jammie Karlman is the entertainment editor for the Chico Enterprise-Record. Contact her at Follow her on Twitter @JammieKarlman

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