From Frugivore — We have the media to thank for becoming more accustomed to vastly rigid and invariable standards of beauty. So when we see successful celebrities who don’t fit the standard of appeal exuberantly portraying self confidence and self love we tend to root for them. Gabourey Sidibe, the “Precious” Oscar nominated break out star is a prime example. When you see her in interviews or on the red carpet she hardly depicts that she’s worried about her size. But shouldn’t she be?

A few weeks ago, stand-up comedian and actor Patrice O’Neal died at age 41 from complications of a stroke he suffered back in October. O’Neal was known for his struggle with diabetes and weight issues and his challenges were often depicted in his work. The Comedy Central regular is just one of many who have died at an early age due to weight related ailments.

The prideful overweight rapper, Fat Joe who was diabetic for 16 years and once weighed 460 pounds is now on a journey to lose weight. The heart attack induced death of fellow MC and close friend Big Pun who weighed 780 pounds at the time of his passing heavily affected the Bronx born MC .

Joe recently told CNN that he just witnessed six of his friends who were all around his weight die of heart attacks.

“I always took pride in being fat. That’s why my name is Fat Joe. And I always represented for the big people. But I realized at a certain point all my big people were dying,” he explained to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta.

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  • whilome

    “When you see her in interviews or on the red carpet she hardly depicts that she’s worried about her size. But shouldn’t she be?”

    I’ve seen countless interviews with Gabby (I’m a stannin’ for her hardcore) and she hardly acts like she’s worried about her size because her interviewers know well enough not to bring it up. Why should they? It’s a health issue. Nobody asks Robin Williams about how he’s dealing with genital herpes when he’s on a press junket.

    Stop “concern trolling” and using a confident, overweight woman as your lede. Hell, being a black woman alone is an arbiter of early death as it is. Our mortality rates don’t look that great as a people.

    Obesity is a visible manifestation of a disorder or disease. Many of us are walking around with INvisible issues that don’t lead us to be made an example of by so-called concerned brethren.

    I, too, am concerned by the spate of high-profile obesity related deaths in the black celebosphere. Just as I’m concerned by the high rate of bankruptcy, drug convictions, and re-incarceration rates of our celebrities as well. But don’t use Miss Sidibe like “Exhibit A” when you ain’t bit more seen her medical records or examined her in person. You don’t know the state of her health. You don’t. You just know she’s big.

    You really need to check yourself. For real.

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  • Michelle

    Why does Gabby always have to be the poster child for these types of articles? It’s like constantly making an example out of her. :/

    • whilome

      It’s quite simple: How dare you be FAT AND DARK SKINNED and be confidant as hell?!!!

      “Don’t you know you ought to be ashamed of yourself?! Ewww….”

      That’s all I hear when journos do this.

  • Emm

    I don’t like this article a bit. It’s articles like these that made me think that prior to my yearly doctor visit that I was going to be told that I would be pre-diabetic, have high cholesterol and all types of close to death. And instead, I’m just a woman who happens to be fat and healthy. All of my tests came back normal. And maybe I’m just lucky, but reading this and knowing my reality makes this look like an article that is picking on a particular type of person off pure assumption. And that’s just not cool.