The fat-shaming epidemic has hit all corners of Tinseltown, leaving nobody safe from an attack. However, the latest victim of the brutal ridiculing, Wentworth Miller, has fought back against the teasing and called on his fans to reach out to people who may be struggling with their body image and depression.
Prison Break To Heartache
Wentworth, 43, revealed he was depressed and hopeless after the end of his TV show Prison Break. The actor, who has previously spoken about his battle with depression, made the confession on Facebook in response to an internet meme he spotted circulating on social media about his weight gain. A picture of Wentworth with a ripped physique from Prison Break, which ran from 2005 to 2009, was compared to another image of him looking noticeably larger, with a paunch visible under his red T-shirt by theladbible.com. Alongside the pictures, a message reads: “When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s Monopoly.”
Depression & Distraction
Wentworth told fans the overweight picture was taken when he was “at the lowest point in my adult life” and he turned to food to help cope with depression and miserable feelings in 2010, writing: “Today I found myself the subject of an internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the rest. In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons.” He continued: “I’ve struggled with depression since childhood. It’s a battle that’s cost me time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights,” he wrote. “I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything, but eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through. There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favourite meal and a new episode of Top Chef. And I put on weight. Big f***ing deal.”
Healing & Forgiveness
He admitted that seeing the overweight picture, which reminds him of his dark days, as a meme on social media made “it hurt to breathe” until he gave it meaning. “And the meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness. Of myself and others... If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Someone cares. They’re waiting to hear from you. Much love.” The editors at theladbible.com later apologised for the offensive meme and said: “We posted two pictures of you last night to our Facebook page, but today we want to say we’ve got this very, very wrong. Mental health is no joke or laughing matter. We certainly didn’t want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life. Causing distress and upset to innocent or vulnerable people is simply not acceptable. We applaud your raw honesty and promise to now cover such matters in the responsible manner that our audience expects.”