Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, 21, from the hot reality TV mess "Jersey Shore" has taken a lot of heat for her size. Baited and called fat and other derogatory names referring to her weight by women at a bar one week, she was teased about her "rolls" by housemate Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino the next.
During a cast dinner on an excursion to Atlantic City, The Situation snarked on Snooki, prompting her to leave the table in tears. Snooki soon confesses to the other members of the show that the comment cut deeply because of years battling an eating disorder.
Us Magazine now reports that Snooki went from eating just one salad a day to feeling full from eating a single cracker or cucumber.
Snooki revealed on a soon-to-be-aired episode of "The Insider", "[I]would go into the nurses office every day and I would weigh myself. When she [the school nurse] realized that I hit 80 pounds, she was like, 'This isn't good.'"
After the nurse reported her concern to Snooki's parents, she returned to her previous weight, which was still under 100 pounds.
Last week, The Situation explained his side but failed to be completely accountable for his sizeist, sexist, and plain old rude remark, telling Us Magazine, "I regret saying it because I have a sister and a mother, but at the same time, everything happened so quickly and that is what happened."
Part of the car accident appeal of "Jersey Shore" are the outrageous acid-washed, corseted, and skin-tight shorts outfits. A lot of flesh is revealed by the club-hopping, board-walking crew and it is clear by the time and attention paid to tans, extensions, eyebrows and abs that appearance is a top priority for each of them. But I imagine that the situation (and this time I am not referring to the ridic dude living in the house) is also a very real trigger for any woman who has struggled with her body image and and eating disorder.
At only 4-feet, 9-inches, Snooki is much smaller and curvier than the other women in the house. I personally appreciate this about her, and admit that I even reveled in her drunkenness brashness when she did cartwheels across a club dance floor while wearing a miniskirt and that she rocked a crazy black and pink corset one night, even saying she knew she looked outlandish but she didn't care one bit.
I hope that same spunk gets Snooki far past The Situation's mocking and much more importantly, the residual pain she still feels as an eating disorder survivor. That is my hope, not just for Snooki herself, but for the many women who have watched the fat-tyranny play out on this show. Because for some reason, we're watching. We are bumping up our hair and doing the fist-pump dance and watching.
Yes, there's more:
- Eek, Jwoww: The situation on her extensions
- Sorry, Snooki: Tanning beds should not be in every person's home
- Oh, boy: Even the guys have high-maintenance beauty routines
[photo via MTV]