The cover of Rebel Wilson’s latest magazine has been criticized for spreading “misinformation” about weight and fertility.
Staff at People were “shocked” by Rebel Wilson magazine’s new issue, claiming that their new boss allayed concerns that the cover story was “humiliating” and spreading “misinformation” about weight and fertility, Posts has learned.
In an issue that hit newsstands on Friday, lanky Wilson was quoted as saying that in 2019 when he was 39 years old, he made an appointment with a fertility doctor, who told him he would have more success in freezing his eggs if he lost weight, NY Post report.
“She looked me up and down and said, ‘You would be so much better off if you were healthier’,” said the actress Peoplenoting that she was feeling well and that the “rude” comments eventually sink in after the initial shock.
“She was right. I carried a lot of excess weight. It’s almost like I wasn’t thinking about my own needs. I was thinking about the needs of my future child which really inspired me to be healthier,” the Australian actress said.
The staff accused new editor Liz Vaccariello of taking a subtle approach to weight loss and fertility without providing insight from medical experts or scientific information by interview.
They warn that being overweight equates to infertility, and say the magazine is covering up explanations for a diagnosis of Wilson’s polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age.
“Several people expressed discomfort with the different angles of the Rebel story in several encounters,” said a source close to the situation Posts.
“Looks like Liz doesn’t want to hear it or doesn’t care. It’s not that there’s no validity to the idea that weight can affect fertility. But the way we present it is not right.”
A representative for People said: “This claim is a complete fabrication. This didn’t happen.”
This story is paired with a video set with sad music featuring “before and after” photos of Wilson, who is now 30kg lighter, as well as a glossy cover shot.
That breezy approach was “never” taken by previous entertainment-savvy editors like Dan Wakeford and his predecessor Jess Cagle, the source said.
“Basically we just stated that a guy stated Rebel was too fat to have a baby and he decided he was right. Stop it completely,” said the source.
“Then we showed a lot of her fat pictures on the cover of the story like some kind of tragic ‘before’ scenario. This is disgraceful and misinformed and totally out of balance with any expert medical discussion. ”
Vaccariello has been under the microscope since he took over as editor-in-chief in February, after IAC’s Barry Diller bought People Meredith’s parents.
The staff recently notified Posts that the editor has no entertainment contacts, even though he holds the top job at Very simple, Parent, Reader’s meal and Everyday with Rachael Ray.
As previously reported by Postssupervisor in IAC DotDash Meredith’s digital media division, which owns People, in style, Weekly entertainment and other brands, bringing scalpels into this business.
After closing many print publications, Posts Reportedly, executives are looking for ways to trim fat, which may include reducing the frequency of the 48-year-old celebrity’s weekly magazine.
This article originally appeared in the New York Times and is reproduced with permission.