Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out about young girls and eating disorders and remembers the impact of anorexia rumors regarding tabloid favorites Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan.
The 21-year-old star of the upcoming movie "The Hunger Games" made her comments in an interview published in the April 2012 issue of Seventeen magazine.
"I'm just so sick of these young girls with diets," Lawrence told Seventeen. "I remember when I was 13 and it was cool to pretend to have an eating disorder because there were rumors that Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie were anorexic. I thought it was crazy. I went home and told my mom, 'Nobody's eating bread - I just had to finish everyone's burgers.'"
In 2006, Lohan and Richie were photographed looking shockingly thinner than usual. They have since regained some weight. Lohan admitted to Vanity Fair that she had struggled with bulimia and had "used drugs a little" according to People magazine. Richie, on the other hand, told British Marie Claire in 2010 that the rumors were "insulting and irresponsible." The reality star, who is now a mother of two, went on to say that she knew she was "too thin," but attributed that to her having trouble putting on weight.
Lawrence has spoken about dieting and body image issues before.
Lawrence dished to Elle magazine in 2011 about having to be naked and painted everyday with blue body paint and silicone scales for her role in "X-Men." She also had to undergo a strict diet and workout routine.
"I knew that if I was going to be naked in front of the world, I wanted to look like a woman and not a prepubescent 13-year-old boy," Lawrence told Elle magazine. "It was awful - I was hungry for five months. I'm still pissed about it."
"The Hunger Games" did not require a body transformation, and while Lawrence did have to be fit for the action-packed role, she doesn't have to pretend to enjoy the process. The rising star told Glamour magazine that she "doesn't diet."
The actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for the 2010 movie "Winter's Bone," plays the willful and strong protagonist Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming "Hunger Games" films.
Everdeen lives in the post-apocalyptic North America, which is now called Panem. The Hunger Games are an annual televised event put on by the government in Capitol City, where a boy and a girl from each district fight to the death. The Lionsgate film is based on a novel by Suzanne Collins and is set for release on March 23, 2012.
Lawrence, a Kentucky native, also went on to talk about her male "Hunger Games" co-stars Josh Hutcherson, who plays her love interest and fellow fighter Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth, her childhood friend, for whom she also develops feelings.
"Josh and Liam are really great friends too," she told Seventeen. "They are hilarious and sweet. They are like my brothers. As soon as we all got together, we reverted back to being 13-year-olds. Josh and I were neighbors. Every time I would come in late, I would go and bang on the door and wake him up and we'd all hang out."