I Am

From Good Medicine - September 1999

Big is okay, so learn to love your body. Annette Allison looks at why we should stop punishing ourselves for not being super-slim.

"Body image has been a part of this business since it started. Half of what it's about is the way you look, and there's no way you can get around it. I got to the gym and I eat right but, even so, I have had people, especially people who watching Beverly Hills 90210, say, 'Oh, my God, she needs to lose weight'. I know that's the way my body is and I have to accept it.

"I definitely have to watch what I eat and excersizing is a must. I have a trainer. If I didn't work out it'd be a disaster. The weight issue has been a really big thing for me all my life. I come from an overweight family, and in this business it's something you simply can't be. I love eating, but I work out six days a week, usually for an hour and a half."