The One Where Jennifer Aniston Was Considered Overweight

There are overweight, unhealthy people in America, but at no time has Jennifer Aniston been one of them. At least while she was on Friends, anyway.

Wait, she was?!

Apparently, at one time during her tenure on Friends, she risked losing her job on Friends because of — no way — her weight.

“My agent gave it to me straight. Nicest thing he ever did…. The disgusting thing of Hollywood — I wasn’t getting lots of jobs ’cause I was too heavy. I was like, ‘What?!’ But my diet was terrible. Milk shakes and French fries with gravy,” she recalled.

Jennifer Aniston almost lost her iconic ‘Friends’ role because of her weight


For those familiar with Friends (who isn’t?), they had a unique naming schemes for their episodes (see examples below).

This “Rachel is overweight” is the episode we should have seen, because when I think of obesity portrayed in the show, it was the younger Monica (Courteney Cox) that was fat. It was obvious she was in a fat suit, too. I don’t remember any storyline involving Rachel being overweight, but maybe some diehard fan that has memorized the story of each episode can cite a specific episode(?).

Rachel (Jennifer) just wasn’t overweight. I had to look up Aniston’s Wikipedia to see her height. Aniston is 5’5. Her “healthy” body mass index (BMI) range is 115 – 140 pounds. She would be considered overweight from 150-175 and obsese over 180 pounds. Maybe she struggled to be under 150 pounds, but it sure didn’t look that way on camera.

And to think they say the camera adds 10 pounds? It could have added 25-30 pounds and I still don’t think Rachel would have looked overweight. Certainly not overweight enough to lose her job.

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