Chris Pratt is back on a superrestrictive diet to get into action-hero shape for Jurassic World 2. Apparently, there’s a bit of deprivation involved in attaining the six-pack he first flaunted on Instagram in 2013, and so he’s been having fun showing fans the day’s prescribed foods in a video series he calls #WHATSMYSNACK. This being the Internet, though, not everyone is on board with Pratt’s good-humored sharing. On Thursday, his post was slightly more defensive, but still hilarious.
“So many people have said I look too thin in my recent episodes of #WHATSMYSNACK,” he wrote on Thursday morning. “Some have gone as far as to say I look ‘skeletal.’ Well, just because I am a male doesn’t mean I’m impervious to your whispers. Body-shaming hurts. So to prove my security in the way I look I’m posting a current selfie of me at what I consider a very healthy weight. 500 lbs. Zero percent body fat. Totally JK guys. This is a T Rex skull. Nailed you so bad. Omg.”
Pratt’s snack videos began with this post last week, in which he pretends not to know how to pronounce the word “cacao,” and also might just be stalling so he won’t actually have to drink the brownish plastic-wrapped cacao baobab banana chia shake from a baby food jar.
We’ll have to take his word for it that someone body-shamed him. To be fair, we haven’t been able to scroll through the thousands of comments on each post, but most of them are along the lines of “this had me giggling for like an hour,” and “I love him so much.” There are also some critiques of his decision to eat sashimi with a fork rather than chopsticks in this one.
Pratt’s dinosaur skull joke does hit at something more serious, however. People can forget that men can be just as hurt by body-shaming comments as women. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 10 million men (along with 20 million women) will suffer from a “clinically significant” eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Research also shows that stigma about weight can be physically harmful.
As someone who has gone from the everyman-shaped Andy on Parks and Recreation to Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Starlord, Pratt is probably quite aware of how all kinds of comments on his body make him feel. With a Hollywood paycheck and probably a staff of trainers and nutritionists to keep him healthy, he could brush off negative talk about him looking too skinny — or the opposite.
But, by stopping to point out that it’s not OK, he might make people think twice before commenting about someone more vulnerable.
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