Hollywood's Real-Life Hunger Games
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Actors of both sexes aren’t going to stop shape-shifting for their parts — and if you’re playing a starving woman, it’s definitely more convincing if you don’t look like you’ve been noshing on grilled cheese sandwiches. But note if you will the dysfunctional ways in which weight gain and weight loss – and whether the gainer or loser is a man or woman – play out in how the media treats its stars. And kudos to performers like Jennifer Lawrence, who recognize that microscope gaze and refuse to go along with the fetishization of emaciation — and recognize the sick message it sends to girls. She may be lined up to reprise Katniss in “Catching Fire,” but there are some hunger games she just won’t play.