Is Taylor Momsen 25 pounds underweight?


This story comes from the print edition of In Touch, and it’s one of those pieces tabloids love to run. It’s called “Danger Zone: Taylor Momsen is at least 25 pounds underweight”. But they don’t really have anything to back it up other than an eyewitness who says Taylor is too thin, and a doctor who isn’t treating her, but will judge her body mass from photos. Now, I look at photos of Taylor and I think she’s too thin as well… but I’m not about to get all hysterical about her weight when she’s 16 years old and we have no idea what her metabolism or growth is like. Teenage girls have bodies in transition. And besides that, there’s so much other bullsh-t I like to call Taylor out on.

With an album coming out this summer and an upcoming tour with her band, The Pretty Reckless, Taylor Momsen has a lot on her plate – but one thing that seems to be missing is food.

“She looks way too thin,” an eyewitness who saw Taylor at a recent even tells In Touch. “You could see her collarbones and her arms were like sticks.”

Dr. Pescatore adds: “Her body is almost as small as it can get and her face is totally sunken in.” He believe the 16-year-old star weight 105 to 110 pounds at most, and she’s five foot eight inches tall. “A normal weight range for someone her height is 135 to 160 pounds,” he tells In Touch.

Dr. Pescatore says being underweight can cause some serious health issues for Taylor – especially because she’s so young.

“She can lose her menstrual cycle and her ability to have children because once her perios stops, it’s had to get it back again and produce healthy eggs,” he explains. A host of other problems, like a weakened immune system and a loss of bone mass, are also possible, says Dr. Pescatore.

Taylor insists she’s fine, physically and emotionally: “I eat healthy and I’m naturally thin… I’m doing what I love and I’m still grounded.”

[From In Touch Weekly, print edition]

Jesus, Dr. Buzzkill. I hate when tabloids get a doctor to pontificate about all of the health problems a celebrity may be going through. Isn’t that sh-t unethical? Plus, I hate defending Taylor Momsen, who is a first-class brat, but I have to say it – leave the little bitch alone. Sure, she’s wearing three pounds of eye makeup, and yes, she smokes like a chimney and she’s so f-cking hardcore it hurts, but don’t climb up her ass about her weight.



Taylor performing in London on May 13, 2010. Credit: Pacific Coast News.

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  1. ams1 says:

    eh she just looks like a badly dressed kid to me. i was prob that little when i was 16…

  2. missmilly says:

    What’s wrong with being skinny? Boy, people sure come down hard on you whether you are “too skinny” or “gained weight”. Sheesh….

  3. scorpiogal says:

    Give me a break!! First of all, I am the recommended 137ish lbs at 5’8″, and my collarbones are very prominent. I am NOT scary skinny in any way. Since when are visible collarbones a sign of being underweight? She looks fine (weight wise that is…not so much in the style department.)

  4. annaloo says:

    25 lbs underweight in the brain area maybe

    • Jen says:

      Yeah that makes sense…..because a brain weighs at *least* 25 pounds…..dipshit.

  5. pfffft says:

    Um, she looks like she’s a perfectly healthy weight. If she weighed only 110, she would have zero body fat, and would be dead.

  6. Theresa says:

    That kid has a lot more things to worry about than being thin. Hard to believe she portrayed Cindy Loo Who all those years ago.

  7. Gwen says:

    She’s skinny, sure, but if she wasn’t they’d just pick on her for being too fat. Besides, she’s only 16 years old! And that nonsense about not menstruating is hilarious. It’s hard to get your period back? What diet does this involve and when can I start?? Skinny (sometimes starving) women have been having babies all throughout human history. Fast food wasn’t always around and our species hasn’t been wiped out yet.

  8. Jillian says:

    No. I think she looks fine, weight-wise.

  9. WTF?!? says:

    Nope, just fug.

  10. margie says:

    If she was really scary-skinny and ready-to-drop-dead skinny, she would have no boobs. And she has boobs. So what is the big deal?

  11. @pfft says:

    ehh, no. At that age I weighed 100 lbs at 5’7″ and was perfectly fine. Just depends on the person really.

  12. Strawberry says:

    @annaloo: “25 pounds underweight in the brain area” – classic! lol!!

  13. Vi says:

    she is very thin but like you say she’s 16 . i’d be more worried about her smoking and taking drugs to be honest if i were her parents.

  14. ligeia says:

    shes a teenager. they can be very very thin naturally.

  15. yourmom says:

    haha, seriously?????? no. def not 25#’s underweight, she looks healthy and id say around 115-120 if she is actually 5’8…people just want news. she’d look so much worse and obviously TOO thin if she was THAT much underweight but she looks like she still has meat on her bones and healthy in these pictures. she just wants attention, guarantee she was the “witness”

  16. Oi says:

    Yeah, she’s fine. The healthy body weight range goes lower than people think.

  17. jover says:

    I don’t know whether she’s underweight; I just want to know how can you be a middle-aged professional musician and keep a straight face while playing behind this poseur wannabe. The perks must be off the scales.

  18. carolinabelle says:

    Ummmm….what sort of physician does not know that a female is born with her eggs? Eggs are not “produced.”

    At 16, I was 110 at 5’7″. I did not “fill out” until college to a weight of 120.

  19. Solveig says:

    I am 25 pounds underweight and there’s no way she is in my physical conditions. Probably she should gain 10lb, but she’s not dramatically skinny.
    So sick of hearing doctors or magazines criminalize thinness. Some people are naturally skinny, and some others are (unfortunately) naturally underweight (me i.e.).

  20. Iris says:

    I hate when doctors “speculate,” too, but these are pretty old pictures. I’m a Gossip Girl fan, and she looked noticeably frail in this week’s episode. It was the first time I thought she looked skeletal.

  21. sashavice says:

    When I was 16, I had a friend who ate nothing but fried chicken and cheeseburgers. And that was just breakfast. She was just as skinny as Taylor, if not skinnier. You can usually tell who is naturally skinny and who is anorexic. This girl is naturally skinny, plus she’s only freakin’ 16!

  22. radbh says:

    Ok, can’t stand Taylor momsen and her try-hard bad girl act, as pointed out in the post, but I have to add that, I have younger cousins, all around 15-19, and, they are all that skinny. I think that’s how a lot of teenage girls normally look. If you saw them from behind or neck down and were told they were grown 25+ women, you would think they were scarily anorexic.

  23. california angel says:

    Def not too skinny. Does she have falsies? She’s pretty young though so I suppose they could just be in good shape. (*meanwhile I’m aging as I write this lol, sigh*). The whole band looks like they are trying WAY to hard. Oh, and unless that guys is an amazing drummer, he really shouldn’t be rocking The Who shirt like he knows what’s going on. They were, what, negative 30 years old when Quadrophenia came out?

  24. Ming says:

    She’s a sad kid.

    Dont her parents give a damn about her???

  25. asiont says:

    except her make-up she looks slim and healthy

  26. Ruby Red Lips says:

    She is only 16 – all the hate is a bit sick

    Leave her alone

  27. Carrie says:

    Seriously- go hang out in a high school for an hour, at least half of the 15 to 17 year old girls are just as skinny as Taylor.

    She’s a horror (personality wise), but she’s 16- her body/weight is absolutely fine for a tall, leggy sixteen year old girl.

  28. Boombeeba says:

    Coke & speed make me skinny too…

  29. gen says:

    She’s 16!!! I looked the same when I was her age. I’m so sick of In Touch.

  30. original kate says:

    i was that skinny when i was in my teens, too. she looks ok here, but i don’t watch her show so i don’t really know what she normally looks like.

  31. Jillian says:

    The Body Mass Index is bullshit. I’m sorry. It’s perfectly fine to be 120 lbs when you’re 5’8. I should know. I eat a shit-ton of food and excercise, and my BMI is “dangerously underweight.” I’m sorry. Calling bullshit here. My body is pretty much exactly like hers but with slightly bigger boobs, and I’m 2 years older than her.

  32. Lil says:

    She’s fine!
    She is the Avril Lavigne of this generation!
    Soon she will know a playboy, got married like a little princess!

  33. Meme says:

    She looks fine to me.
    According to the BMI-standards I’m underweight (I’m 19), but that’s absolutely not truth. I eat more than my friends do and they ask me constantly why I don’t gain wheight. Some people are just lucky.

    • Jen says:

      …..and some people are obnoxious and have to shamelessly plug how ‘skinny they are lucky to be’.

    • Jen says:

      …..and some people are obnoxious and have to shamelessly plug how ‘skinny they are lucky to be’.

  34. NicoleAM says:

    calling bullsh*t as well. i’ve been “underweight” almost my entire life. I’m almost 27 and I still can’t gain weight to save my life.

  35. cristina says:

    kay, there are actually different BMI calculators for teenagers, so i am sure she is on the low end of healthy BMI [which BMI s r bull anyway obvi], or maybe just under…. adult BMI she would be under for sure, but thats why they use a different formula.
    i am 5’7.5, 127 lbs and according to them i would be underweight, which i am most CERTAINLY not. with a BMI of 19.7, i am just fine.
    this is crap, dont pick on 16 year olds, unless you want to eff with their heads.

  36. J says:

    She used to has lots hair’s easy to tell that she’s really unhealthy
    Besides, people usually look fatter than they really do on cameras. Don’t judge her and don’t say she’s healthy either.

  37. Katrina says:

    Okay, I’m 5’6 and I weigh exactly 120, I look like her weight, my color bones and ribcage stick out, she doesn’t look underweight, and also, sues not 5’8. The sources are wrong, she’s signed with IMG Models and they lie about ALL their models height, if you look at her beside some of her co stars or other celebrities in the same high heels she’s actually around 5’6(1/2) at most. She’s not too skinny, give her a break.

    In this industry if you aren’t under weight your pronounced obese, anyone see how apparenlty Miley Cyrus is ‘fat’? She’s got the PERFECT body.

    And as for the person that said if she was anorexic or too skinny she wouldn’t have boobs, kudos! It’s true, she’s got a big chest, so she’s DEFINATELY not underweight.

    She just has a different body mass, I have thick bones so the scale makes me seem bigger then I look and apperently I look like I’m 105-110 according to my friends and family, some of hem worry IM anorexic, but I’m not.

    And now I’m done ranting.

  38. GN says:

    She doesn’t look skinny at all. Get your eyes or head examined.