Poll: Would You Gain Weight for Money, Like Renee Zellweger?

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7/21/2009 6:02 AM   :  456 comments   :  23,085 Views

Another Bridget Jones movie is in the works, which likely means that the star, Renee Zellweger, will be bulking up for the role, according to Vitamin G at Glamour.com. Zellweger, who would reportedly earn at least $6 million, gained 30 pounds (more than 2 stones for you Brits out there!) to play the eponymous character.

Gaining the weight isn't as much fun as one would expect, Zellweger said. Her blood sugar's rises and falls caused mood swings--counteracting any joy she had in eating whatever she wanted. For someone who thinks of the gym as therapy, as Zellweger does, gaining weight and being unable to exercise would be stressful.

Losing the weight wasn't so easy, either. "It was horrible," she said. "On one side it's fantastic because you get to go back to taking care of yourself, so you feel wonderful, but the first lap around the track I felt like I had a toddler on my back."


Let's play devil's advocate for a minute and imagine ourselves in that situation.

Would you gain 30 pounds for $6 million? What if you weren't allowed to lose the weight?



Money seems really important to us, but it comes and goes in life. Our health is even more valuable--and you can't buy good health.

What would you do: Gain the weight and take the money or stay the size you are (or continue to lose)?


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  • BODY4LIFE3
    406
    In a New York minute! - 4/8/2010   2:29:15 PM
  • 405
    I hate to admit it but for 6 million YES I would gain 30 pounds! Afterall, we have SP to help us take it off, right? I doubt I would have felt this way one year ago but I've been unemployed for a year now and the money sounds GREAT! - 4/8/2010   1:54:07 PM
  • DSOPHER1
    404
    I would never do that. It is unheathly plus, gaining weight is easy, losing weight is to hard. - 4/7/2010   7:51:03 PM
  • SYDNEYRITZHAUPT
    403
    It would have to really be a lot of money and the answer would be yes. I then could afford to do what ever it would take to lose it. - 4/6/2010   11:06:22 PM
  • 402
    Considering she's too thin to begin with, and her "fat" size to play Bridget Jones is the size I'm striving for....I would absolutely gain weight to play a role! The amount of money she is getting to play the part is worth it. And she'll have personal trainers, cooks and every other type of support she needs to get the weight off again. Her job is to fit the part. She gets paid to have a certain body type.

    And yes, I'd still do it, even if I wasn't allowed to lose the weight after. - 4/6/2010   4:29:08 PM
  • 401
    There isn't much I wouldn't do for $6mill. Seriously- think of the personal trainers, the fitness equipment, the chef that you could buy for $6mill. Not only that, but you have to look at her before and after- after gaining 30lbs she still looks pretty much fantastic. I wouldn't mind that at all! - 4/6/2010   2:59:35 PM
  • CACLARK262
    400
    I've gained more for free. So sure!!! Of course if I wasn't "allowed" to lose it, that might change my mind. - 4/6/2010   1:26:12 PM
  • 399
    I have been big for most of my life and just in the past year have come to a place of true harmony and health concerning my weight. I wouldn't change this feeling for ANY amount of money. I don't think my health and/or happiness should be for sale. - 4/6/2010   10:53:24 AM
  • ANNIE130
    398
    WHY?!?!?! Why would a person intentionally want to GAIN weight?!?! It's bad for your health, it's bad for your self esteem, its bad for everything! $6 million, $6 billion... I wouldn't do it! Sacrificing my health which could lead to bigger problems later on is not worth any amount of money. You'll be spending that $6 million on gastric bypass and heart bypass and everything else! - 4/6/2010   10:47:53 AM
  • 397
    Ha, I gain weight for free...of course I would do it for $! - 4/6/2010   9:51:44 AM
  • MEHONE
    396
    The money sounds nice but gaining 30 lbs. no way I most likely would gain twice as much. For me it is to hard to loss again. - 4/6/2010   9:23:34 AM
  • 395
    Absolutely no way! - 4/6/2010   8:57:58 AM
  • 394
    I have generally gained weight for FREE. Not a really great idea. WHEN I lose what I want to this time around, I never want to gain it back for no amount of money. It takes so longggggggg to lose it..........and it is not fun to repent for your sins..... - 4/6/2010   8:35:40 AM
  • CUTIEMAMA3
    393
    Yes. I identify with the "dedicated to the craft" (acting) mentality, sinking into the role. For a $6 million movie job I would take on the challenge. - 4/5/2010   12:36:35 PM
  • 392
    I would! Then I'd break contract & lose the weight anyway. - 4/4/2010   12:33:28 AM
  • 391
    I wonder why she doesn't just use a "fat suit" and makeup. It seems like an awful lot of trouble just to get a job. - 3/31/2010   12:54:32 PM
  • 390
    I wouldn't if I wasn't allowed to lose it. I constantly have weight loss on the brain so I'd be in violation of that contract almost immediately. However, IF I had Renee Zellweger's body, I'd do it. Her "overweight" body is still smaller than mine!! - 3/30/2010   6:59:17 PM
  • ENJOYINGMYLIFE
    389
    I'd have to say I'd probably take the money. After all, I've been on a yo-yo for years for no pay... but if it meant I couldn't lose the weight, I may have to re-consider. I do want to be healthy someday! (thus the multiple attempts to lose) If it were temporary, though, DUH! Yeah, I'd do it in a heartbeat.... unless it was an excessive amount, as I'm already nearly 225. Guess that means I don't really know, huh?! Ask me when I'm actually offered the money for real and I'll tell you then, lol... - 3/29/2010   6:13:57 PM
  • 388
    I would take the $6million gain the weight and have a fun time doing it. Bring on the buffets. lol. However though I would have to lose weight to play the Bridget Jones role. - 3/29/2010   3:08:45 PM
  • 387
    Okay at first my immediate answer was no because it's so hard to get the weight off, but for $6 ml I would do it because I'd have enough to hire a cook to make only healthy meals and a personal trainer to work me back to shape and of course a massage therapist to work those tired muscles. - 3/29/2010   2:15:52 PM
  • 386
    This is a no-brainer for me. I'd take the money, gain the weight, do the movie role, then work like a man possessed to lose it again. And my "miraculous" weight loss would be the talk of the town, and I'd become the celebrity face of Spark People. What's to think about?

    :) - 3/29/2010   11:13:17 AM
  • 385
    Lol that's a lot of money but wow, to not be able to lose it? That's crazy and I wouldnt even enjoy the money cuz with 30 lbs on me, I'd be lucky to live long enough to enjoy it all! - 3/24/2010   11:37:38 AM
  • 384
    Ummm....duh. I gained 40 lbs for free. I'd take $6 million any day. - 3/23/2010   1:53:50 PM
  • 383
    If I could lose the weight, then I'd gain 30 lbs for 6 million bucks. I'd be able to lose it with a dietitian, personal trainer, chef, and home gym.

    If I was never allowed to lose it, then no, never. I'm working too hard to get rid of this weight. Not only that, but how disgusting I felt weighing more than I wanted to weigh is enough of a motivation to keep it off, more of a motivation than money would be to gain it. - 3/23/2010   12:51:25 PM
  • 382
    Yes. i already gained it for no money but then I would lose it like I'm doing now! - 3/21/2010   6:50:09 PM
  • 381
    If I was her size before hand, honestly she looks better with the weight on imho.
    I mean look,
    http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/20
    07/08_03/Renee_468x753.jpg

    I think the speed at which she had to put the weight on might be more to consider, and how unhealthy it is.... - 3/20/2010   6:07:42 PM
  • 380
    If I had to keep it ... maybe not ... but then again if I was as thin as she is now and put on 30 I would be me now so .. yeah... for 6 million I have to say I would. - 3/20/2010   8:48:35 AM
  • 379
    Well, 6 million is a lot of money!! And if the weight was only temporary, then yes- I would. If the contract said to gain 30 lbs and KEEP IT, then NO WAY would that be worth it to me! My health is worth more than any amount of money.

    But if it was to just gain 30 lbs, then immediately lose it again... I know I could do it, and have a nice chunk of savings in the process!! I wouldn't even hire a personal chef or trainers. I'd just lose it myself like I do now. With everything I've learned over the years about nutrition, and having all my Beachbody workouts handy... maybe I could even do impressive "before-afters" and submit it to Beachbody and win even MORE money with their contests!!

    But no- if there was no money in it- there is NO WAY I would allow myself to gain 30 lbs now. Ugh!
    - 3/20/2010   8:01:39 AM
  • 378
    ordinarily, No! but to be honest, for 6 million dollars i would. - 3/19/2010   1:18:44 PM
  • 377
    ordinarily, No! but to be honest, for 6 million dollars i would. - 3/19/2010   1:14:08 PM
  • 376
    ordinarily, No! but to be honest, for 6 million dollars i would. - 3/19/2010   1:13:44 PM
  • LAVBEARS
    375
    Well most of the people that are actors and actresses, they are usually about 110 to start with, so If I was at 110 then yes I would gain the 30 pounds, but where I am now, there would be no money in the world worth making me feel more miserable then I am right now, so no. But I could really use the money, but still say no :)) - 3/19/2010   12:47:30 PM
  • SPENBEN
    374
    Unfortunately I don't need to be paod to gain weight!!!! I would not take money to do that. I we afraid I wouldn't be able to lose it again. It isn't worth the gamble or the money. When I lose weight, it is too much of a struggle to even consider gaining it voluntarily. - 12/26/2009   8:05:39 AM
  • 373
    I've been overweight for most of my adult life so the only difference would be that I'd be rich. I would probably do it for half that amount, even if I were not allowed to lose it. ( I'm with you RKING4!) - 12/23/2009   5:55:39 PM
  • 372
    That almost makes me sick to my stomach to think about gaining 30 pounds since just being 20 pounds overweight has made me feel old and worn out. - 12/23/2009   3:21:11 PM
  • 371
    I would. With the money I would hire a personal trainer and chef. - 12/21/2009   8:33:02 PM
  • 370
    I couldn't pass up 6 mil!!!! Afterwards I would use some of it to have a personal chef and trainer come to my house and whip me back into shape... And keep them till I reached my goal weight and fitness level!! - 12/21/2009   8:23:01 PM
  • 369
    I wouldn't be able to pass up the $$. I'd then have enough to quit my job, hire a trainer and a chef. :) - 12/21/2009   3:41:06 PM
  • 368
    Yeah, I would and then continue to use sparkpeople to get it off along with a trainer. No doubt about it. For 6 million oh yeah!!!!! - 12/20/2009   6:17:47 PM
  • PJSTILWELL
    367
    I sure would! Like the others have said, take the money and hire a personal trainer to get back into shape afterwards. Too bad she took the "eat whatever you want" attitude in gaining the weight. I wouldn't do it that way. One can gain weight by eating more of healthier foods. - 12/20/2009   7:45:37 AM
  • 366
    Of Course! - 12/19/2009   7:15:08 PM
  • SHEPHERDESS2
    365
    NO..NO...NO...ABOSULTELY NOT. I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to lose it again. It's hard enough just losing the 20 I need to lose now! And ya just don't feel very good when you're 30 lbs overweight. - 12/19/2009   5:42:10 PM
  • JOY_IS_LOSING
    364
    Would I gain a measly 30 pounds for SIX MILLION dollars? Not just yes, but hell yes! - 12/19/2009   3:30:09 PM
  • MDMNINA
    363
    OK, lets be fair here. Is she really gaining the weight for the "money"? Or is she gaining the weight because she is an actress and playing a role is her work? - 12/19/2009   12:06:48 PM
  • 362
    I would do it. With that much money I could get the weight back off with trainers, chefs, and whatever else I would need. - 12/19/2009   11:17:10 AM
  • INKYBINX
    361
    Actuall I've seen Bridget Jones Diary and hte Sequel , truthfully she looks actually better with the weight on. More "rounder out." That's her, though. I'm not saying I do. I look better with 70 pounds gone. (LOL) But I thought she was prettier with the weight. she oculd keep it on and still look good. Would I do it for 6 million? Yes I would because it would pay all my bills, mortgage, everything for life, and I would still have enough to have the strictes trainers, chefs , programs to lose it after. - 12/19/2009   4:37:12 AM
  • 360
    Tough one. For 6 mil I think yes then use money to help family pay off debt. I would pay off house, buy a bigger house with a gym and personal trainer. I am not that big and hopefully would come off easy. As for health I am young and think I'd be fine after. If luck was bad and I got very ill and died, I know my kids would be financially set. If I couldn't lose it, then no way would I do it. I hate being overweight, and permanent risk to my health isn't worth any amount of money. - 12/19/2009   12:41:59 AM
  • 359
    In the past I've gained it for a lot less, but now that I'm on the other side, not a chance. Besides, at my age, I could get diabetes, heart disease or a stroke, and no amount of money is worth that. Besides, I'm thinking Hollywood is probably not going to call. - 12/18/2009   9:40:45 PM
  • 358
    yes and with that money i would get an exercise room in my new house and a personal trainer and a chef and be looking hot hot hot in no time - 12/18/2009   4:24:50 PM
  • 357
    I wouldn't be able to bring myself to do it knowing how terrible it is for my health. - 12/18/2009   1:03:37 AM

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