'I think it's bullsh-t': Drew Barrymore opens up about Hollywood pressure to lose weight

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Drew Barrymore. (Photo by Tim Hunter / Newspix via Getty Images)
Drew Barrymore. (Photo by Tim Hunter / Newspix via Getty Images)

Drew Barrymore is opening up about avoiding the pressure to lose weight in Hollywood.

Despite nearly 40 years in front of the camera, Barrymore says she’s steered clear of diet culture and has no plans to give in now.

“Never have, never will,” Barrymore told People magazine. “I think it’s bullsh-t.”

The 44-year-old mother-of-two said she learned from a young age to accept herself and not pine for the “ideal” body shape dictated by the media.

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“I’ve always been a big champion of embracing your own genetics, because I was never naturally thin,” the Flower Beauty owner explained. “My goal weight does not come easily to me — it is a total Sisyphus fight. I just knew that genetically it would take starving myself and 24 hours of working out to have that type of body and that was just not my priority. I want to run companies and have children and enjoy food and wine.”

(Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)

Now, Barrymore says she focuses on feeling healthy and staying strong for her daughters, six-year-old Olive and five-year-old Frankie.

“You do get to a point where you realize how important your health and wellness are. It’s a must,” Barrymore said. “I want to be able to chase my kids around and be a full-time mom, and as a single mom, it’s double the workload sometimes. To maintain this at 44 years old I have to really take care of myself.”

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While she may not have plans to fit into a sample size anytime soon, the “Charlie’s Angels” star admits to relying on EMSCULPT to help her retighten her core muscles.

The non-invasive procedure was designed to help both men and women “remodel” muscle tissue by sending HIFEM (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic) technology to contract muscles, mimicking an intense workout.

Barrymore in 1998. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Barrymore in 1998. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Although a fixture on the club circuit during her younger years, Barrymore says she still turns to a night-out dancing to feel good and burn some extra calories.

“I love going to the clubs and dancing it off, but now that I’m a mom, that’s not my life, but I still have that person inside of me - she didn’t die,” Barrymore said. “So if I get to go to a workout class and exercise the demons and dance it out to good music, oh god yes that’s all I want.”

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Having lived the majority of her life in the spotlight, Barrymore is focused on using her experiences to raise confident, body positive daughters.

“I never beat myself up or forced myself to look a certain way, and my goals have not been vanity-oriented, so I’ll be able to talk to my kids in a very real way about having to work with ourselves the way that we are,” she said. “We’ve got to embrace it. We were all made a certain way.”

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