Julia Roberts' Weight Gain for "Eat, Pray, Love": No Regrets

Julia Roberts in "Eat, Pray, Love," a film about world travel and self-discovery based on Elizabeth Gilbert's novel. After a painful divorce, Gilbert (Roberts) sets off on a soul-searching journey that brings her to Italy, India and Indonesia. Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup and James Franco also star in the film, directed by Ryan Murphy. Columbia Pictures

Julia Roberts (Columbia Pictures)

(CBS) Is being a healthy weight finally in style? Maybe, maybe not.

Famously svelte Julia Roberts told Entertainment Weekly magazine that she did "Olympic carbo loading" while filming her upcoming movie, "Eat, Pray, Love."

Roberts, who says she "loves to eat," gained about 10 pounds, according to the magazine.

"By the time we would cut I'd be done with an entire pizza or a whole bowl of pasta," she said. "The take would just go on and on and I'd love it."

Roberts's weight loss might be a lot for someone so small, but it's a lot less than Elizabeth Gilbert - author of the best-seller upon which the movie is based - gained while rediscovering life on her trip to Italy.

Gilbert reportedly gained 30 pounds.

Roberts told EW that she talked with the director about the possibility that she would gain weight during filming. He said it made sense, because the character was initially depressed and underweight. So the weight gain would make her look "normal."

We've been hearing a lot about embracing the "real" female shape lately.

"Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks madeheadlines when she said that not only does she love her curves, but that she loved herself even more when she was 15 pounds heavier.

But one could argue that it was J.Lo who took the "curvy and lovin' it" trend mainstream when she posed for a Vanity Fair cover in a pose that showcased her very, very round behind.

And then there's Kim Kardashian. Thanks, in part, to her, padded underwear is flying off the shelves, as reported by newser.com. According to the news service, some women with cash are engaged in serious talks with their cosmetic surgeons on the topic of  buttock implants.

Is this healthy? Not so much. "Fabulous and phat" could be viewed as just another way for women to feel dissatisfied with their shape and try to change it. Sometimes with horrific effects.

Last week CBS News reported that a 22-year-old woman died after receiving illicit silicone buttock injections, and that many other women may have been victimized by the same unlicensed "silicone sisters."

  • Aina Hunter

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