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Jennifer Lawrence Snared in Hollywood Body Image Trap; Is She Fat? (photos)

Jennifer Lawrence is at the top of her game, but even she says she feels the pressure on actresses to be underweight in Hollywood. (Photo: Mario Testino for Harper's Bazaar)

Jennifer Lawrence is at the top of her game, but even she says she feels the pressure on actresses to be underweight in Hollywood. (Photo: Mario Testino for Harper’s Bazaar)

Jennifer Lawrence may be one of the most successful actresses, but that hasn’t saved her from falling into Hollywood’s body image trap. She says she often feels “like the fattest” actress in movies. But it’s not her; it’s the plethora of “underweight” actresses.

“I think we’ve gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, she’s curvy, which is crazy,’ she says in a new interview.

“The bare minimum, just for me, would be to up the ante. At least so I don’t feel like the fattest one,” she adds.

Hollywood has been under fire for years for it’s over-emphasis on body-image, beauty and thinness. When an actress at the top of her game like Lawrence feels the pressure, you know it’s a serious problem.

Jennifer Lawrence Sexy, Sophistication in Harper’s (Click Photos to Enlarge!)

Because of Hollywood’s emphasis on thinness, Lawrence says she’s often singled out for having a “normal body.”

“I would like us to make a new normal-body type,” the 25-year-old actress told Harper’s Bazaar. “Everybody says, ‘We love that there is somebody with a normal body!’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t feel like I have a normal body.'”

Her image as “normal,” she says, is because she’s being compared to actresses who are actually underweight. “I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person,” she said.

Over the years, a number of actresses have talked about the pressures they face over body image. As far back as 2011, Emma Watson spoke out about her situation.

“I don’t have perfect teeth; I’m not stick thin,” the actress told British Elle. “I think the actresses who are really successful are the ones who are comfortable in their own skin and still look human.”

The average female fashion model weighs about 120 pounds, if not thinner, while the average American woman weighs about 169 pounds, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

The double standard leads women to believe they are abnormally heavy when they really aren’t. The perception can cause eating disorders and other health issues, according to medical references.

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