So, I'm feeling a little guilty about something today. In an interview with People, Giuliana Rancic addressed rumors surrounding her weight, and she says that her thin figure isn't the result of an eating disorder — it's because of a cancer-suppressing medication she's taking. But you know what? Even if it weren't because of the drug, this is a great reminder that it's still not cool to judge people's weight.
"Some people were saying, 'The cancer is probably back,'" Rancic tells the magazine. "They were accusing me of every eating disorder. I thought to myself, 'God, if someone really thought I had an eating disorder, what a horrible way to approach it.'"
Rancic is right. If her thin figure was the sign of an eating disorder, would that make it fine to talk about her weight or make rude comments? Absolutely not. I admit, as someone who has definitely said something along the lines of "that woman needs a burger" while watching red carpet coverage this awards show season, I'm pretty disappointed in myself for even thinking that way, because eating disorders are so serious.
"It's really hurtful," she says. "I'm sorry that some people think I'm disgustingly skinny, as they put it, but there's nothing I can do. I'm lucky that I even have the type of cancer that reacts to the medicine."
That said, that doesn't mean her weight loss has been easy for the E! host to brush off. "I look in the mirror and it's hard for me. I am really thin. I want to look fit and beautiful and sexy, and I can't."
That quote in particular makes me sad, and I feel for Giuliana. I have never had cancer, struggled with fertility, or been in the public eye, but I do know that it can be incredibly difficult to accept the things about your body that you can't change.
The moral of this story? It's never OK to make accusations about someone's appearance, whether they look over or underweight. This is a great reminder that you can never truly know what another person is going through, so be kind. You know what they say about assuming things — it makes an ass out of you and me. And, yeah, I feel like a bit of an ass. But I'm glad Giuliana has set me (and all the haters) straight.