Scarlett Johansson Fights Back on Weight Loss Rumours

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 14, 2009

I found this article by Scarlett Johansson and I just had to share it. I think it promotes a great message and is in line with the goals of Oh She Glows- promoting self-acceptance, a balanced lifestyle, and moderation!

Recently, Scarlett Johansson has been all over the tabloids due to her recent weight loss (which by the way, is reportedly for a role).

Here is a picture taken of her in February/March 2009:


And here she was last year, February 2008:


Scar Jo decided to fight back against these ‘toilet paper rags’ by giving the real scoop. Here are some highlights of the story as featured in the Huffington Post:

“Eating healthy and getting fit is about commitment, determination, consistency and the dedication to self-preservation. While I’ve never been considered a gym rat, I have, in fact, worked up a sweat in the name of cardio before, and although I enjoy a grilled cheese as much as the next person, I combine the not-so-good foods I crave with an all-around balanced diet.”

She also says what she will continue to do once her training for the role is over:

“I’ll commit to working out at least 30 minutes a day and eating a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables and lean proteins. Pull ups, crunches, lunges, squats, jumping jacks, planks, walking, jogging and push ups are all exercises that can be performed without fancy trainers or gym memberships.” (Amen!)

And she gives the real scoop on her weight loss:

“Claims have been made that I’ve been on a strict workout routine regulated by co-stars, whipped into shape by trainers I’ve never met, eating sprouted grains I can’t pronounce and ultimately losing 14 pounds off my 5’3″ frame. Losing 14 pounds out of necessity in order to live a healthier life is a huge victory. I’m a petite person to begin with, so the idea of my losing this amount of weight is utter lunacy. If I were to lose 14 pounds, I’d have to part with both arms. And a foot.”

What she truly believes in:

“I’m someone who has always publicly advocated for a healthy body image and the idea that the media would maintain that I have lost an impossible amount of weight by some sort of “crash diet” or miracle workout is ludicrous. I believe it’s reckless and dangerous for these publications to sell the story that these are acceptable ways to looking like a “movie star.””

On who is at fault:

“The press should be held accountable for the false ideals they sell to their readers regarding body image — that’s the real weight of the issue.”

She talks about the unfortunate results of extreme dieting:

“The media has packaged for us an unhealthy idea that one must suffer loss, be in the middle of a nervous breakdown, feel pressure from friends or coworkers, battle divorce or have a bitter dispute with an ex in order to get into acceptable bikini shape.”

What kind of role model she doesn’t want to be:

“I would be absolutely mortified to discover that some 15-year-old girl in Kansas City read one of these “articles” and decided she wasn’t going to eat for a couple of weeks so she too could “crash diet” and look like Scarlett Johansson.”

“I’m not normally the type to dignify toilet paper rags with a response, but in this case I feel it’s my responsibility to comment. In a way, I’m glad some dummy journalist (and I use the term “journalist” loosely) is banking on my “deflating” so that I can address the issue straight from my healthy heart.”

I must say, I was really happy to read this article. I just love when celebrities take a stand and speak out on important issues rather than pretending like it isn’t happening. I think Scarlett is a strong, intelligent, and beautiful women who is a great role model for women everywhere.

With that being said, I will be curious to see if she returns to her previous weight after the movie role or if she will feel the pressure to maintain her weight loss.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in a comment below!


Today’s Agenda:


Today and tomorrow my brother Chris is here (9am-3:30pm) with a buddy to do renos on the house! My brother is a full time firefighter and also runs a construction business. He will be showing Eric how to do the electrical work, wiring, and installing pot lights in our family room.



I got up at 6:30am and worked out so I would be out of the room before they arrived. The poor running beast is now covered in plastic once again! lol.

Workout stats:

  • 47 mins
  • Max heart rate: 166 bpm
  • Avg heart rate: 145 bpm
  • Feel the burn: 416 kcals

Today I ran- get this- over 3 miles! It was quite a strange feeling. I just felt ‘ready’ and able to keep going. Now mind you, I am still running at a speed less than 5 mph (4.8 mph, incline 7%) so I am not over-exerting myself or joints.

Here is what I did:

  • 2 min walking warm-up, 4.1 mph, incline 7%
  • 20 min run, 4.8 mph, incline 7%
  • 20 tricep dips, drink of green tea (I needed a caffiene boost as it was early!)
  • 10 min run, 4.8 mph, incline 7%
  • 20 tricep dips, drink
  • 10 min run, 4.8 mph, incline 7%
  • Walking cooldown, 3.5-3.0 mph, decreasing to 0% incline by finish
  • 20 tricep dips

Felt great and the time flew by!

Today’s BBBC Challenge is to do 3 sets of tricep dips as well as stretching after your workout today.

 I also made another loaf of bread so the boys will have some fresh bread by lunch. :)

I’m not sure how much work I will be able to get done in the office today with all the noise going on! I may have to find a secluded area of the house and bring my laptop there since my office is located right next to the family room where they will be working. Later this afternoon, I am also babysitting my niece for a bit. :)

It is going to be a random day, so we will see how it goes! If I find I am not getting any work done, I may go out and try to find some canisters for my kitchen organization project.

See you later for a recap of all the reno madness going on! I can’t wait to go ‘gross out’ the tough guys with my green monster! haha

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 14, 2009 at 9:14 am

What a fabulous article! I have always loved her, as she looks wholesome and healthy. I don’t even think she looks too thin in the most recent photos. It is great to here that healthy attitude straight from her.


brandi April 14, 2009 at 9:26 am

I saw part of that article yesterday, too, and I’m happy she said what she did! I can’t imagine being famous and dealing with all of this stuff.

Good luck with all your stuff today!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

I saw that article, and while I hate that she “has” to lose weight for a role, I do like her attitude about it.


Juli (Peanut Butter and Juli) April 14, 2009 at 10:09 am

Go Scarlett! Love that girl. Thanks for sharing!

(Also- don’t forget to link back for an extra entry- you are the bar queen afterall!!)


Leatitia April 14, 2009 at 10:19 am

Great article! I think she looks great and keeping the weight off or not I think is not the question. It’s more about keeping a heathly lifestyle of great superfoods and daily exercices. Like you do! :)

I’d buy a tshirt btw!


Valerie April 14, 2009 at 10:30 am

That’s a great article. I think she looks great in both pictures – I’ve always thought that she looks so healthy and gorgeous. She has such a good view of healthy living too! I also love that she commented on being a role model for girls – I think a lot of celebs aren’t aware (or just don’t care) about the messages they send people, and the same can be said about the media.


Ali April 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

Great fun Angela! I LOVE this article on Scarlett. She is gorgeous and REAL.


VeggieGirl April 14, 2009 at 10:57 am

Just read about this earlier, in the news – I applaud Johansson for fighting back!!


Jenny April 14, 2009 at 11:01 am

I linked to this same article in my post last night!! I thought it was great, and I do hope that it’s all true and that she stays healthy, and happy with herself. I’ve always loved Scarlett :)


mi April 14, 2009 at 11:09 am

i loved everyhing she said – what a woman!


katecooks April 14, 2009 at 11:28 am

i think its great that she is considered one of the sexiest women in hollywood and she doesnt look like a stick. some of the women out here are scary skinny, and of course they get ripped apart in the media if they gain 5 lbs. so sad!!


ToKissTheCook April 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

I saw the article and LOVED it, even posted a piece on my own but I think you did a really nice job of getting into it. I have to say I only ever LOVED her work in Vicky Christina Barcelona but from a personal perspective? Smart, sincere and providing great insight on everything from health to music to politics. I like it a lot.


Run Sarah April 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

Great article, thanks for sharing!


Kudret April 14, 2009 at 11:53 am

I think that’s a good message to share and I give kudos to Scarlett Johanssen (sp?) for coming out and saying these things!!! 14lbs is an aweful lot and it doesn’t look like she lost THAT much. I hate that we have a magnifying glass on these people who are just trying to live their day-to-day lives.


Amy April 14, 2009 at 11:57 am

I’ve just discovered your blog today, and wow! I can’t believe it took me this long to find it.

I took a peek at your wedding pictures, and you were a stunning bride indeed!

I look forward to reading your blog daily! :)


Jennifer April 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I also saw an article about Scarlet. I think she looks great. Its not like she looks like Mary Kate and Ashley when you could see their bones sticking out of their backs, or other actresses that look obviously too skinny.

Good for her!!


skinnyrunner April 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm

great article! it seems like scarlett has a pretty healthy mindset, pretty unusual for Hollywood!


Shelby April 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm

I’m so happy she said something!!! She is such a great role model, and I think it’s great she’s becoming healthier.


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