You could say Shonda Rhimes, creator of crazy-popular Grey's Anatomy and Scandal,is a superwoman. She carries her feminist mystique to a second generation, raising her three daughters to be savvy and sassy, not complacent "good girls." Being a black female leader in entertainment is tough enough, but Rhimes took on what might be an even more difficult, a personal challenge to lose 100 pounds. Shonda Rhimes' kick-butt weight loss shows the true nature of girl power! She joins Queen Latifah, Carrie Underwood, Raven-Symone,Mama June Shannon, and other celebrity women who are getting skinny!

Feminist ideal vs. health

With two amazingly popular TV shows, Grey's Anatomy and Scandalto her credit, it might seem that Rhimes is invincible. She should be full of power woman mojo. But female empowerment is easier said than done. It's all well and fine to talk the feminismtalk, but walking it is trickier, especially in the precarious world of showbiz. It's so easy to cave to the prevailing ideal of women as sex symbols. When a woman does something like dress stylishly, wear makeup, even lose weight, her own feminist counterparts may accuse her of yielding to that stereotype. Looks don't matter -- shun the bra, don't shave your legs, you're equal to a man is the mantra. A strong woman should be confident in her own body whatever the size, right?

Confident, yes. Comfortable, no, not if she is morbidly obese.

Shonda Rhimes loses weight, loves body

When Rhimes lost 100 pounds that was the most courageous and difficult act of female empowerment she could have accomplished. Overcoming obesity is the best way to show you love your body. Obesity drags with it diabetes, high cholesterol, heart failure, circulation problems, back and leg pain, hypertension, liver ailments, sleep apnea, breathing problems, and a host of other health issues.

It's not body-shaming to recommend that grossly overweight people lose weight. It's not objectifying to say that someone will feel better with less weight. Certainly no one should guilt anyone into weight loss -- it's a personal choice. But having shed the pounds, as Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) said, it's astounding how much better you feel overall.

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