Celebrity Trainer Tracy Anderson Sparks Controversy with Pregnancy Remarks
Celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson is in hot water today for comments she made about women gaining way too much baby weight.
Anderson told DuJour magazine's September issue: "A lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go, and that's the worst thing."
INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney asked Anderson, "Do you feel you were being too harsh?"
"Well, I think that when you're in an hour long interview with somebody and they pick out one little line, then I think it sounds incredibly harsh too. I'm like, 'Oh my goodness!' "
Anderson, who famously whipped Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow into shape following their pregnancies, is out with her own pregnancy workout video. She told the magazine that she lost nearly all her baby weight in just "six weeks after giving birth" to daughter Penelope in May.
Thousands of outraged mommy bloggers are now taking to the internet.
"I'd rather spend the first six weeks of my child's life taking care of my baby and bonding than worrying about getting back into that bikini," one woman writes.
Many point out that a woman of means like Tracy Anderson has no business judging ordinary moms.
"This woman is living in another world—the rich world of Hollywood. Of course she can get back in shape in six weeks. She has other people doing her "mom" duties while she works out. Wonder if she could do the same thing with no help. No nannys. No assistants. Nothing."
McInerney asked, "When you heard that your comments created this backlash, what did you think?"
"My first reaction was, I was shocked," said Anderson.
Anderson says she does do all the mom duties, and she knows most women don't have the resources that celebrities like Beyoncé have. Beyoncé looked amazing just six weeks after having her baby. She actually moved her personal trainer into her mansion to do it.
Anderson also points out that many women are going online to support her.
"She is absolutely correct," writes one woman. "Many pregnant women use that as an excuse for horrible eating habits. Eating donuts and washing it down with sodas and Haagen-Dazs isn't the answer."
Anderson said, "I feel that women entering pregnancy just think, 'Oh, my body is just going to go through all these changes and I'm just going to take a nine month break.' "