Tori Spelling blames health problems for low weight, calls coverage harmful to women

Tori Spelling and Stella McDermott during the premiere of the new movie from DreamWorks HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, held at the Gibson Amphitheater, on March 21, 2010, in Los Angeles. Photo: Michael Germana / Star Max Photo via Newscom

USA Today’s Lifeline Live [via US Weekly] has new excerpts from an upcoming book by Tori Spelling in which she blames health and stomach problems for her very low weight. She also calls coverage of her tiny frame damaging to all the women who look up to her.

Tori Spelling’s wafer-thin frame has been the topic of much debate — and in her new book, TerriTORI, she reveals why she shed so much weight.

According to USA Today, Spelling, 37, blames swine flu, stomach pain, migraines and nerve problems for her weight loss. She says she had to take three rounds of antibiotics that caused severe stomach pain. “I’ve never had a great stomach, but (being ill) just completely tore up my stomach and broke down my immune system, and I’ve basically just been a mess ever since, stomach-wise,” she says. “It’s about rebuilding my immune system.”

Last year, tabloid rumors got so wild that it prompted the 90210 alum to declare last fall on Twitter that she weighs 107 lbs.

“I’m a role model for a lot of women out there, so I hate that they say these things unwarranted, without any research and facts,” she says. “I think it’s doing a disservice to women out there that look up to any celebrity.”

She says she worries “every single day” how the coverage will affect her daughter Stella, now 2, down the road.

“I’m so grateful that she can’t read yet,” she says. “I’m hoping they’ll let up on that by the time she gets old enough to understand, but I’m going to have to explain to her that this is what happens.”

Spelling — who recently renewed her vows with husband Dean McDermott, as Us Weekly exclusively reported – also weighs in on their marriage, admitting that things got rocky last year.

“We had problems that we never thought we would have,” she vaguely says. “We thought we had the perfect relationship. We realized we love each other, but the communication had completely broken down and a lot of our issues, honestly, came from parenting.”

[From US Weekly]

I can buy that Tori had serious stomach problems as I remember that she was hospitalized last year and then got all upset that Star Magazine claimed she had anorexia and weighed only 95 pounds. It’s ridiculous to get all indignant that people are paying attention to her, though, when that’s exactly what she’s striving for. The girl posed for bikini pictures for Life & Style and bragged that she’d gained 5 pounds! How then is it our fault that we’re interested in her tiny frame when she keeps sticking those razor sharp collar bones out at us and bringing up the topic?

Incidentally, Tori Spelling was supposed to be cohosting on The View today, but was replaced with soap star Kassie DePaiva of One Life to Life. Tori tweeted that she wasn’t feeling well and was “Throwing up bigtime!Thank u airline food.” After making it to NY, she had to miss The View as well as a scheduled appearance on The Today Show. Tori wrote that she called a doctor to come see her at the hotel and that he “thinks tummy virus. He wasn’t hopeful I’d B well in am but I’m a mommy! We always pull thru!” Maybe Tori really does have some kind of medical condition that is making her super skinny. There’s no excuse for her personality, though.

Mar. 21, 2010 - Hollywood, California, United States - Tori Spelling and Stella McDermott during the premiere of the new movie from DreamWorks HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, held at the Gibson Amphitheater, on March 21, 2010, in Los Angeles.. 2010.K64505MGE. © Red Carpet Pictures

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 21: Actress Tori Spelling arrives at the premiere of Dreamworks Animation's 'How To Train Your Dragon' on March 21, 2010 at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA - APRIL 26: Actress Tori Spelling poses during the NBC Universal Summer Press Day 'Days Of Our Lives' after party on April 26, 2010 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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  1. Rachel says:

    Um, what kind of idiot would look up to Tori Spelling?

  2. Q says:

    It would be easier to swallow (har) had she not made an equally big deal about losing the baby weight after the first kid. Wasn’t she a Jenny Craig person after that? Successful weight loss frequently precedes anorexia.

  3. Leticia says:

    I think she is intentionally underweight in order to try to provoke some type of sympathy/attention. Just a gimmick.

    And instead of her dreading her daughter reading the criticism about Mommy’s weight, she should be dreading her daughter reading about how Mommy took Daddy away from a little boy and girl in Canada.

  4. Oi says:

    I love it when people (especially celebs) use the ‘don’t criticize me because its damaging to (insert group) as a whole!’ excuse.

  5. Attagirl says:

    It’s the reverse – she’s getting sick with every bug because she’s underweight and malnourished. When I was much younger I was body obsessed and did nothing but work out and eat salad. I ended up literally getting sick for a year – flu, colds, infections of every kind. When your body doesn’t carry enough weight your immune system is compromised. So no more BS Tori, maintain a healthy weight.

  6. Lauren says:

    She will say and do anything for press. She puts her own kids on display like accessories. She’ll stop at nothing to stay relevant.

  7. sapphire says:

    Gotta agree with Rachel- role model to whom????

  8. Cinderella says:

    Being married to Dean would probably give anyone ulcers, but that’s what she wanted so live with it.

  9. georgie says:

    Well, she’s right to blame health problems for her weight – anorexia is definitely a health problem. Although I think showing pix of her might help any young women thinking they need to purge or starve themselves…girls, you wanna be size 0, well this is what you will look like.

  10. She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named says:

    She (and I, unfortunately) grew up hearing “you can never be too rich, or too thin.” I think people in Hollywood pay lip service to the ideas of health, but they all try to be as thin as possible.

  11. Mrs Odie 2 says:

    We have an epidemic of obesity in this country, NOT excessive thinness. And don’t tell me Tori doesn’t cackle with delight every time someone writes she’s too thin. It’s every actress’ DREAM to be called too thin!

    I think Dean needs to catch a little of what Tori has. He really chunked up since being with her. Most anorexics get off on feeding other people too.

  12. hatsumomo says:

    I highly doubt she has a stomach problem..or high metabolism.

  13. bellaluna says:

    Well, there are these new-fangled things called “high protein drinks” – and there are many other products, both prescription and off-the-shelf – that are aimed at helping those who have problems maintaining a healthy weight. Perhaps she should look into them, along with her physician/s.

    And don’t you dare cite how damaging it is to us women for your weight to be scrutinised when you took a married man from his wife & children, while you were still married yourself, Ms. Self-Important-Bitch. That shit is MUCH more damaging to women than your weight!

  14. Twez says:

    Everything she says is reasonable to me. I’ve gone 36 hours without eating with a migraine, and I’ve also had antibiotics mess up my stomach bad. But sheesh, lady, drink some Ensure or something.

  15. “There’s no excuse for her personality, though.” That right there is golden! It’s also why I read over here at the celeb o’ itchy!

  16. Jeri says:

    Airlines still have food?

  17. Chrisspo says:

    A ROLE MODEL!!??!!! What had Tori Spelling done to show young girls / women anything besides being incredibly self involved, obnoxious and completely selfish? And terribly spoiled. Spoiled enough to think anyone gives a shit about her or her preposterous existence. This chick hasn’t worked a day in her life! Or, maybe she was a role model when she cheated on her husband with a married man – who then left his wife because Tori had more money? What a moron this chick is.

  18. For Sooth? says:

    Says she of many image altering surgeries.

  19. lucy2 says:

    If that’s true, why did it take her all this time to say it? Why not when the tabloids claimed she was so skinny before, did she not say hello, I’ve been sick? She’s seems to have had a number of varying reasons or defenses over the past year or two, which leads me to think she is anorexic and looking for excuses.

    And yeah…no one looks up to her as a role model. Sorry, Tori.

  20. Corina says:

    Um so did she have swine flu during her 90210 days? Cause she’s looked more or less the same since like the 2nd season of that show. You can sorta see her wasting away as the show progressed – her head becomes more and more disproportionately large compared to her body. It creeps me out to look at! Like in that 1st pic all I could think was “can those twig arms support that adorable chubby baby”?

  21. Jillian says:

    Lucy2, in the current issue of People, she says she was too ashamed and embarrassed to admit she had swine flu. People were freaking out over it at the time.

    I also think she is anorexic and just looking for excuses.

  22. Kim says:

    Oh lord she is anorexic period! She has nerve to say its harmful to women to print stories about her weight when she is the harmful one to women because she lies and doesnt eat hence why she is so thin. SHE STARVES HERSELF & ITS OBVIOUS. Antiobotics, flu, etc –geez she pulled out every sickness she could- plleeaassee!

  23. original kate says:

    so she has swine flu, nerve problems, migraines and stomach pain? she forgot typhoid, malaria, narcolepsy, dysenetary, german measles and whooping cough.

    bitch, please.

  24. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Um, oof.

    If the medicine was ravaging her so badly, why is she telling us? Do they not have doctors in America anymore? Does she reject organized science? There’s a reason that more than kind of antibiotic exists. I had oral surgery a while back, was put on Tetracyclene and it was BAD, BAD news. Went to a clinic, found out that a-ha, medicine is supposed to decrease your discomfort,
    got penicillin, and I never coughed blood again.

    The cheapest kind of martyrdom is the kind that neither occurs, nor is prompted by anything preceeding it. She’s not really the best at PR and I honestly think a good chunk (not all), of this scandal would have blown over by now if she weren’t constantly oscillating between clammy neediness for approval/pity and a brazen entitlement/lack of introspection. She’s been at least Hollywood-adjacent since the word ‘go’, so I’m sure she’s more at ease with the more grinding elements of show business that we’ll ever know. But by documenting the tiniest minutiae of your life and insecurities in public fora, especially when…you know, is just kind of gross and really must give a person a real distorted sense of self.

  25. Liz says:

    she is deathly skinny. antibiotics or “stomach problems” could never explain it away. looks like she’s had major issues for a long time.

  26. Crash2GO2 says:

    @georgie: Actually, looking at pictures of skinny women is called ‘thinspiration’ by anorexics and is strictly not allowed in recovery because it triggers anorexic behaviors. This is why a lot of sites refuse to host ‘pro-ana’ content – anorexics who want to get together and glorify skin and bones and post grueling diet and exercise regimenes and horrific photos to inspire each other to further distruction.

  27. Ro says:

    I think one of the grosser parts of her show is when you see her bend over and are breast are showing. All you see is bone and these two things sitting on her chest. Its horrible.

  28. Ruffian9 says:

    Oh for God’s sake stop the bull**it already. She’s anorexic/staying thin to “keep” her dirtbag hubby.

  29. blinditemreader says:

    Multiple rounds of antibiotics can cause stomach issues due to the drugs killing good bacteria in the stomach. Take some acidophilus, Tori. And eat a sammich — eating well will keep you from getting sick due to low weight and poor nutrition.

  30. mary jane says:

    @Jo mama I think your analysis is dead-on.

    “Cheapest kind of martyrdom..” that’s interesting and probably does apply to Tori.

    I still feel bad for her! That husband is a bit of an idiot.

  31. GatsbyGal says:

    If she’s worried about keeping thin in order to keep her husband… unless he has a fetish for skeletons, she should really work harder on putting on some weight.

  32. My2Cents says:

    Blind Freddy can see she has an eating disorder. Stop the crap and just be honest Tori. I actaully pity her. Her body is not attractive.
    What makes me sad is her daughters are watching her do this to herself. She should be a better “role model” to them.

  33. Ogechi says:

    Where i come from, nobody laughs a sick person because u never can tell whose turn it maybe tomorrow. I agree that coverage of her tiny frame damaging to all the women who look up to her, of course u may not agree with me but some’ women actually look up to her.

  34. snowball says:

    107 lbs. my ass. When Nicole Richie was her thinnest she was around 85 lbs. right? Tori isn’t that much bigger. I’d buy 95. Her head is bigger around than her hips, she is skeletal. Aside from her head, the only parts of her that contain any significant weight are her boob implants.

    This crap about her being thin because of things outside of her control is disgusting and she should be ashamed of the example she’s setting for her daughter. She says she’s not going to put her daughter through the emotional problems she had with her own mother, but apparently she’s going to saddle her with her own weight issues instead.


  35. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    @mary jane: It is kind of sad, I agree. She’s not my favourite by any means, but I’m not made of stone. It would be easier I think if she didn’t have those babies because where children are concerned, you really have to get a rush order of wellness. Confrontation could exacerbate the situation–especially with her newly-reconciled mother because it could be misinterpreted as a witch hunt or another case of someone being insincere in making a plea for treatment. Sometimes love looks like an accusation or power trip, and if she sees herself as constantly embattled, it’s really difficult to repair decades long family dynamics.