'It's triggering and sad': Raven-Symoné's weight loss and '48-hour fast' draws mixed reactions

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Raven-Symoné's recent weight loss is stirring controversy.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Raven-Symoné's recent weight loss is stirring controversy. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

After nearly two decades of facing criticism about her weight, Raven-Symoné proudly celebrated losing 28 pounds in a video she shared to Instagram over the weekend. 

And while the 35-year-old's progress post was, for the most part, met with support and praise from her fans, not everyone approved of Symoné's latest weight-loss method.

"Just so you guys know, I am 28 lbs. down. I lost a s— ton of weight,” she began the video, in which she is riding in a car alongside her wife, Miranda Pearman-Maday.

“Pounds down, pounds down. Check out the chin,” she proudly pointed out to her 2.4 million followers. “You see that chin? If you all watch 'Raven’s Home' literally right now, and then come on this live and see this joint, I got a whole different face going on. It’s a whole pounds down journey.”

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She then revealed that she had started a fasting period in an effort to continue losing weight. “Right now I’m doing a 48-hour fast,” she said, “so we’re on that journey right now.”

While many applauded the "That's So Raven" star's fitness journey, others found her remarks "triggering" and a fitting example of diet culture's effect on society.

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"Gonna have to unfollow for the weight loss plan... I am in eating disorder recovery, and it’s triggering and sad to watch people buy into diet culture," one person commented. "Hope you find sustainable living outside of this 'pounds down' mentality."

"You always looked beautiful. But I can tell by how excited you are to announce that you lost nearly 30 pounds, that you didn't already know that," someone else wrote. "Diet culture has you by the neck, and instead of accepting it, you should fight back. You're quite literally starving yourself to lose weight and that is just so sad. You don't need to resort to such extremities in order to fit society's f——- up perception of beauty. Eat. Enjoy your life."

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"This sh— is cringe," another person chimed in, while someone else wrote, "Celebrities really need to start considering how harmful it is when they post shit like this. You're basically saying that it's OK to starve yourself in the name of losing weight because being skinny is the key to happiness. But it's not. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk."

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 20: Raven Simone attend the Eddie Murphy X ARTUS Gallery Exhibition Opening Night at East Angel Gallery on February 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 20: Raven Simone attend the Eddie Murphy X ARTUS Gallery Exhibition Opening Night at East Angel Gallery on February 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

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In July 2020, Symoné revealed to People that criticism over her body is something she has faced since the early 2000s. “There was definitely a seesaw within my mind,” she explained. “I prevailed over it because at the end of the day, it’s like, ‘Come on, people, everybody’s a different size.'”

“I push myself aside so much to make sure that my career is on point that I don’t always take care of my mental health,” she added. “I’m still growing into who I am and still figuring it out.”

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