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Gabourey Sidibe -- Beauty Comes in All Sizes

3/16/2010 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gabourey Sidibe -- Beauty Comes in All SizesGabourey Sidibe might have a weight problem, but it doesn't mean she's unhealthy ... this according to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). Yes, that's a real group.

As we first reported, a weight loss company is reaching out to the Oscar-nominated "Precious" star in an effort to help her lose weight and get healthy.

But according to a spokeswoman for NAAFA, being heavy doesn't always mean being unhealthy. Peggy Howell tells TMZ, "You cannot tell by looking at a person if they are healthy. Fat does not equal disease and thin does not equal healthy."

Howell also said NAAFA does not encourage people to get fat or stay fat and reminded us, "Achievements come in all sizes."


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MarkL    

She'll be lucky to reach 35 without major health problems and it will be a miracle if she lives to 50.

1622 days ago
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stalker    

I'M A FRIEND OF GABOUREY'S FAMILY. YES, GABOUREY NEEDS TO LOSE WEIGHT, IF SHE LOOKS LIKE THIS TODAY AT 26 YRS OLD, WHEN SHE TURNS 35 YRS OLD, SHE IS GONNA OUT WEIGH ALITHA FRANKLIN. DEAR GABOUREY, NOW YOU HAVE THE MONEY AND POWER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT. YOU ARE DESTINED TO GET FATTER NOT SKINNIER.

1622 days ago
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molly    

There's fat and there's FAT. Anyone can carry a few extra pounds and not be considered unhealthy. But this young woman is morbidly obese, and putting herself at risk for diabetes, heart disease and a host of other problems. I am also overweight, and trying to lose weight, so I sympathize. But saying that someone her size can be healthy is unrealistic.

1622 days ago
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Jennifer    

"You cannot tell by looking at a person if they are healthy. Fat does not equal disease and thin does not equal healthy."

While that's true to an extent (maybe 15-20 lbs), she is MORBIDLY obese. Probably a good 150-175 lbs overweight. That's not healthy for anyone. Do these organizations just want to make her feel better about herself or actually encourage her to make changes so she lives past middle age?

1622 days ago
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sylvie    

It's one thing to be a bit overweight like Oprah and Monique, but she is severly obese, and there is no way she is healthy! even if she is healthy now- she won't be healthy later.There's way too many diseases and conditions associated with obesity to ignore, and she is morbidly obese. Whether she wants to do something about it is up to her, but I really think she should because being at that age and being that overweight really puts limits on yourself. If she was nominated for an oscar now, imagine what she can accomplish if she lost a hundred pounds. I'm sure she's a nice person, but really she needs to lose weight the healthy way, not that acai berry diet that's a ripoff.

1622 days ago
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Michael    

As a nurse I can tell you that fat absolutely means unhealthy. Being "slightly overweight" and fat (or obese) are two animals of a whole different color. Being fat causes too many medical problems to list here, but include hypertension, respiratory difficulties, cardiovascular problems, vascular and kidney damage (among other organ damage.) Being "big-boned" is, as was mentioned earlier, "a playground fantasy." There is no doctor, nurse or dietitian in the WORLD who will tell you that being fat is "healthy." Even this NAAFA won't go so far as to admit that. Being overweight will get you in the end. You can be sure of that.

1622 days ago
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Heavy    

she is what you wake up to after drinking gin.gotta hurl...

1622 days ago
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Melissa    

It's a proven fact that being overweight causes medical problems. She is just not 5 or 10 pounds over weight. She should at the very least loose 100 pounds. It's gross and if she thinks she is healthy she is in denial.

1622 days ago
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Ginger Girl    

Many people who are "overweight" according to the scale are actually quite healthy - particularly atheletes who have a lot of muscle (muscle weighs more than fat). You can be 15-20 lbs overweight and still be healthy. But this young lady is morbidly obese. It is sad because she has an adorable face and is extremely talented and smart. There is no way you can carry around that much extra weight and not be at risk for a myriad of diseases.

That being said, she should not be ridiculed for her weight. She is a beautiful person no matter what, but she is also at very high risk for a heart attack, stroke, or diabetes.

1622 days ago
55.

browngirl    

You have gone to far with this. LEAVE THIS YOUNG LADY ALONE.

1622 days ago
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capt andy    

what size dress does she wear??? size xxxxxxxohmygod.......can you imagine how she must feel if she comes to tmz and reads all this stuff,,hopefully she wont go out and drown her sorrows in a large pizza or 2 or 3 or 4 of them..now I feel bad about this....

1622 days ago
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big joe    

listen up she need's to trim down lets face it she needs to lose around 100lbs & thats being nice.

1622 days ago
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jus'sayin    

# 1 DA....BIG BONED? Have you ever seen a fat skeleton? Come on!

1622 days ago
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KARMA    

This chick isn't "big boned" - she is obese. GMAFB for crying out loud. You cannot tell me that her blood pressure and cholesterol levels aren't through the roof, let alone what the excess weight is doing to her joints and heart. This isn't about being P/C - it's about a young woman who refuses to see that she has a serious health problem and, if she doesn't do anything about it, will die at an early age.

1622 days ago
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Eneeh Imuyam    

I believe the size of a person becomes a concern of a hard working tax paying citizen when they have to foot the bill in regards to a persons health issues related to there weight. Beit anorexic or morbidly obese. Theres a healthy weight for all of us. We all need to look after ourselves no matter what size we are. It would be more productive to spend the money on, things like rehabilitation for eating disorders and body image issuses, ie anorexia, over eating. nutrition programs, physical education. Not everybody is a size 1 it would be a sick, sick world if that WAS the case. Its also not healthy for the body to be packing around 3,4 or five hundred pounds.

1622 days ago
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