Adele has a huge fan base, has sold more than 120 million records, has won 15 Grammy Awards, and has a new album coming out. But none of these achievements has garnered the singer quite as much attention as her recent weight loss — and she wants people to know she’s not okay with that.
In May 2020, the “Rolling in the Deep” singer posted a photo to her Instagram account that revealed a much slimmer physique, and unleashed an onslaught of headlines celebrating her visible weight loss — something she had never spoken about publicly. It wasn’t until her November 2021 interview with British Vogue that Adele opened up about her weight loss, and the public’s reaction to it, for the first time.
It turns out that Adele’s silence on the subject of her weight was entirely intentional.
“My body’s been objectified my entire career,” she said in the British Vogue article. “The most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body. I was very f***ing disappointed with that.”
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Now that she is finally breaking her silence about her weight loss journey, Adele is taking a nontraditional approach by challenging the public reaction to her changing body rather than celebrating her newfound slimness. “I did it for myself and not anyone else,” Adele told British Vogue. “So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”
Frankly, that’s a healthy choice for her, and pretty refreshing for the rest of us, too, says Paula Atkinson, LICSW, a psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorders. So often, Atkinson says, celebrity weight loss stories are meticulously documented, and this can be extremely triggering and send the unrealistic message that, “If I can do it, you can, too!”
Here are some real lessons Atkinson says we can glean from Adele’s experience — ones that have nothing to do with counting calories or fitting into a smaller size.
1. Fitness Is About So Much More Than Weight Loss
Adele told British Vogue that she didn’t start exercising as a way to lose weight, but rather as a way to manage her mental health. “It was because of my anxiety,” the singer said. “Working out, I would just feel better.”
There is evidence that exercise can help decrease anxiety, Atkinson says. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2018 in BMC Health Services Research …….