Is Adele okay?: An investigation
A journey into the heart of "weight"
Hey Casey, this isn't a question but in case you're looking for stuff to comment on, I'd love to hear your take on Adele's fitness routine mentioned in this November Vogue profile. It's... I have mixed feelings, especially considering what you said about people having different physical capacity for training. Anyway, you're doing a great job! 👋 Anna
(Obvious TW for body and disordered eating talk)
There has been a LOT of churning conversation over Adele’s body in the last two years. For well over a year, some publications ran with an unnamed source’s baseless assertion that she was on some "sirtfood diet,” and as a result, lost 100 pounds. This was all met with almost total silence by Adele. But in her October 7 Vogue profile, she gave the writer a glimpse into her new fitness routine, and they chatted a bit about their bodies: Adele works out every day, does strength training, feels strong.
This was probably deeply unsatisfying to anyone who was hoping there was some low-stakes “key” to her weight loss— a waist trainer, “nature’s cereal,” or something of that nature. Her smaller body was presented in Vogue photos to many people's great alarm. Some felt betrayed and are attacking her, or have accused her of doing a “revenge body.” Adele feels betrayed right back.
I feel like the central question here is: Is Adele okay?
I’m going to aim to answer that question here. If you ever have felt unresolvable tension between wanting to work out and accepting yourself as you are, or felt tension over your own fluctuating body generally, or even been lightly or severely ridiculed and made to feel guilty for trying to make lifestyle changes, hopefully this will help.
To be clear, I'm not going to be talking here about the specifics of anyone's body, just their stated habits, conversations around them, and how they shape our perceptions of health. In here there will be multiple references to “hotness” or "how" someone "looks,” but assume unless otherwise noted that with or without scare quotes I mean "according to conventional beauty standards." Beauty and hotness have no real laws, only the ones we make up in our heads. Health has some laws, but they are not "being a particular body weight," "being as lean as possible," or even "eating perfectly balanced meals all the time.”
This is long, but if you feel all read up on Adele, the timeline of events and profile quotes are eminently skippable here.
A brief timeline of Adele events
In January 2020, some random trainer lady named Camilia Goodis claimed to The Sun that the weight loss was from eating 1000 calories a day for a period of time, drinking green juice, and doing Pilates. There has been no confirmation this woman has ever been in the same room as Adele, let alone has knowledge of her regimen, and she is not mentioned in the Vogue profile.