Kristen Bell Refuses To Join Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss Race

New mom Kristen Bell isn’t hopping on the lose-the-baby-weight bandwagon like other celebs who have given birth and quickly bounced back into great shape.

Kim Kardashian’s recent post-baby photos – not to mention the media’s obsession with Kate Middleton’s post-birth belly – highlight an unrealistic ideal perpetuated by Hollywood: that women can look picture-perfect just weeks after giving birth.

But Bell isn’t buying it.

“I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse,” Bell said in a recent interview with Redbook magazine. “I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size.”

Sitting out the struggle

Instead of joining in on what Bell calls the “rat race,” she plans to get her pre-baby body back with time – if it doesn’t happen quickly, that’s OK, the actress said. She gained a healthy 43 pounds with her daughter, and is currently about 15 pounds away from her pre-pregnancy weight.

As for returning to work, Bell wants to strike a balance between her craft and her family.

“I still want a career.  Lincoln will always be number one, but I think if you can cut that cord of obsessiveness, then you can work and be a good mother and wife.”

On loving her body

Yet learning the art of self-acceptance, Bell admits, isn’t something that’s easy:

Look, I’m like any other woman. All this evolved BS that I’m telling you is my mantra: It’s not something I practice naturally. I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that’s just part of the journey of having a baby.

Bell also admits that husband Dax Sheppard loves his wife’s baby body, and asked her “to stay chubby after the baby was born.”

Source: Redbook
Image via Gage Skidmore

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by one of our treatment partners below.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by ARK Behavioral Health, a paid advertiser on

All calls are private and confidential.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW 800-568-9025Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?