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Celebrity Spot-“Lite”: K-Fed Suffers Mini(?) Cardiac Arrest

February 8, 2012

Apparently there’s a celebrity weight loss show circuit and Kevin Federline (Britney Spears ex, rapper, ridiculous procreator) is on it. Having participated in Celebrity Fit Club with his ex Shar Jackson who he left with a young child for Brit-Brit when he was her back-up dancer, starting at 240 pounds and ending at 210, K-Fed recently enlisted in an Australian weight loss show and had a “mini” (how is that possible?) cardiac arrest on “Excess Baggage” (classy title for a show, I know) while doing taped exercises. He’s fine, and apparently has lost some weight (is now down to 232…which is almost as much as he weighed when he was on Celeb Fit Club 2 years ago…) but this news caused me to think about a few things.

1. Kevin Federline became “famous” for marrying someone famous, and then…well, for being fat. Oh, and for Popozao! How could I forget Popozao?! (I could…and I did)

But, K-Fed has stayed in the limelight by being overweight. This seems so strange to me: in a society where the media focuses incessantly on being thin/how to get the best abs/how to look like Kate Beckinsale, Kevin Federline has literally made a career out of being overweight. And losing that weight. And then putting that weight right back on. And then…well, this brings me to thought #2.

2. These shows don’t work. I mean, maybe they do for some people, but if people like K-Fed are just being shuttled from show to show, weighing as much or more on one as they did on the last, then this is clearly not a way to teach people how to live healthy, sustainable lives. So, why do we buy into this? Why does the general public keep tuning in, season after season, keeping demand high and television stations producing these programs? You rarely see a “Where Are They Now?” catching up with people who lost unbelievable amounts of weight during these brief and intense shows…wonder why? I worked at a weight-loss camp one summer after college, and it’s the exact same thing. Brief, intense periods of weight loss (due to extreme calorie restriction and constant exercise) followed by weight gain back out in the real world followed by returning to the camp year after year…it was a horrible cycle to witness and work for, and these shows seem to be promoting the same exact tenets.

3. Where did K-Fed get those cammo boxers? Pretty classy.

Popo...Ow

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe permalink
    February 8, 2012 10:26 pm

    like. and yes i remember popozao as well. good stuff.

  2. sexy curmudgeon permalink
    February 9, 2012 12:16 am

    Thanks for this post, Hangry – a lot to think about. It’s almost a consumer-created cycle of demand and supply, right? We follow every celebrity magazine, website, and tv show we find, heightening celebrities’ fame and classifying them as inaccessible, highly-valued members of society (value is measured in attention, money, etc…read that as you will), whose lives we then demand to gain unprecedented access to, tearing them down and judging them as inferior, building up our own egos and notions of self-worth. But then again…wow, he’s gained so much weight! What a MESS.

  3. February 9, 2012 12:22 am

    I wish I could un-see the ten seconds of popozao that I just watched…ugghhhh….

  4. Fedora permalink
    February 13, 2012 11:30 pm

    I wish I could unsee the photo of Kfed in his underwear….
    dont spring that on me Hangry!! ( I assume that is what you go by)

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