Inside Shonda Rhimes’ Difficult Weight Loss and Its Aftermath
Shonda Rhimes, renowned as the showrunner of the television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, does not like talking about weight loss or anything “weight” related.
Contributing a story titled “On the Topic, I Hate Discussing” for Shondaland in 2017, the television producer recalled shedding off a significant amount of weight.
“Over a hundred pounds. Maybe closer to 150,” Rhimes noted while revealing she “did not do it because I thought I would become beautiful like in the movies.”
Shonda Rhimes Underwent Weight Loss to Become Physically Fit
In the piece, Rhimes went on to reveal that she underwent weight loss because she was unable to walk up a short flight upstairs without stopping to take a break.
She also had to wipe sweat from her brow.
“I did it because my body was physically rebelling against the brain that had been ignoring it for so long,” she further explained.
She then shared that she did not particularly enjoy discussing the topic, as there was nothing fun or interesting about it. The television personality even added she hated each second she had to face while maintaining her weight.
For her, losing weight was also annoying, hard, and painful. She described it as a “terrible, terrible, unnatural struggle” against the body’s natural wishes, hopes, and dreams.
On top of that, she missed eating fried chicken.
And I don’t just mean that I miss eating all the fried chicken on my plate. Or that I miss eating all the fried chicken I can find. No. I miss eating ALL THE FRIED CHICKEN. All of it. Every piece, everywhere.
What Happened after Shonda Rhimes' Weight Loss?
But after all the hard work to shed off the weight, the most unpleasing experience was people’s reaction to her new transformation.
Shonda Rhimes flaunting her looks post weight loss. (Source: Instagram)
She didn’t have any weight loss surgery — she just lost weight by hitting the gym and maintaining a strict diet — but people looked at her as if she had done something “horrifying.”
“Women I barely knew gushed. And I mean GUSHED. Like I was holding a new-baby-gushed. Only there was no new baby. It was just me. In a dress. With makeup on and my hair all did, yes. But…still the same me,” Rhimes wrote in her piece.
On the other hand, men approached her for talks, stood still in front of her, and had long conversations with her about things. And that was “disconcerting” to her.
In addition, she stated what was even more disconcerting was that all those people suddenly felt completely comfortable talking to her about her body. They even started telling her she looked “pretty,” and they were “proud of me.”
She realized people started seeing her as a “PERSON” after losing her weight. But according to her, that was an awful feeling to have.
She expressed her dissatisfaction, saying, “When I was fat, I wasn’t a PERSON to these people. Like I had been an Invisible Woman who suddenly materialized in front of them. Poof! There I am. Thin and ready for a chat.”
But despite people’s unapologetic views on her body, Rhimes lives her life her way — as evident by her Instagram.