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Adele's Weight Loss Journey and Why It's Creating Backlash on Social Media

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By Zachary Holt

Celebrities and high-profile people in the spotlight are consistently trying to maintain their image and adhere to a standard that they should be a reincarnation of Adonis, himself. Many times, this results in an unhealthy lifestyle and raises concerns amongst fans, and rightfully so.

However, it's not beyond the spectrum that these A-listers are also people, just like the rest of us. Sometimes, they want to lose weight for their own purposes of feeling good and being happy with themselves. This latter case seems to be the goal that the grammy award-winning singer, Adele, has chosen to pursue.

Throughout her career, her weight has always been a topic of discussion, but as she's steadily lost weight, especially following her recent divorce in September, fans have become increasingly alarmed. Even worse, people on social media that have complimented her transition have been shamed for promoting a 'fat-phobia' agenda.

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Adele's Weight Loss Journey Following Her Divorce

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Following her divorce in September, Adele has been relatively quiet and out of the spotlight, but this has not prevented her from attempting to lose weight and feel better about herself.

It's a natural goal that so many of us pursue every year, especially around the beginning of the year as a resolution to better ourselves. Yet, she's receiving backlash, along with supporters.

Adele has even been losing weight the healthy way. She's attributed her results to a very special diet, as well as, lots of pilates. The diet itself consists of 'sirtfoods', which are those that help rev up metabolism, combat inflammation, and help reduce the overall aging of the body.

Her commitment to getting healthier has really paid off. Just recently she was spotted at a Christmas party and people were quick to compliment her with comments like 'gorgeous' and 'unrecognizable'.

Social Media Backlash from Complimenting Weight Loss

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The comments on her weight loss journey have prompted quite the controversy, though. Some have quipped that there are potential harms that come with celebrating someone's weight loss, while others shared that discussing it altogether must be done so in a responsible manner.

Audra Williams, a journalist out of Toronto specifically addressed the dangers of celebrating weight loss and how it can further propagate any mental illnesses that may already be present.

"Celebrating Adele's weight loss is a garbage thing to do for a million reasons. Here are two: (1) It tells your fat friends you think their bodies are a problem to be solved. (2) The weight loss could be the result of physical or mental health struggles. Weird to cheer about!" she wrote.

Others were quick to back Williams' point, even adding further consequences of celebrating someone else's weight loss.

'Thinner Doesn't Mean Healthier'

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Another social media user cited that being thinner doesn't necessarily mean that they're healthier. "(1) Unless she tells us (which she's under no obligation to do), we have no idea why her body is the size that is at any given time. (2) Being thinner than you were previously doesn't automatically = being healthier than you were previously," they shared.

Yet another user on Twitter chimed in saying that they wouldn't want to lose weight because it would change how they look. "This is why I refuse to lose weight. She doesn't look like her anymore 🤦🏻‍♀️ #Adele."

The outrage, or worry, if you will, has only been exacerbated by recent photos that have been put online showing Adele on vacation with Harry Styles and James Corden. It's obvious that she's slimmed down a good bit, but the important thing is she looks happy and that's ultimately what it comes down to.

Fans Coming to Her Defense, Praise for Adele

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While there has been fallout from her new look, people have rushed in to defend her, no matter what people think about her weight loss.

One fan defended Adele, telling her to just live her life and be happy. "Live your life the way you want my Queen👑F--k what they say🖕🏽 Our love for u goes beyond your weight ❤️❤️#Adele," they shared.

Another social media commented on the nonstop critique of her weight issues and how that in itself creates mental health problems. "Omg, you guys bitch about basically anything that #Adele does! She's too big, you guys complain about that and now she's too skinny and you bitch about that. Seriously guys, no wonder people have body issues. She truly can't win. 😢," they said.

In the end, all that matters is that she's happy and healthy. No other opinion matters. And from the look of things, Adele looks to be thoroughly enjoying her new look and vacation with Styles and Corden in the Caribbean.

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