<p><span></span>Best known for playing little miss perfect, Lemon, on the new CW series <em>Hart of Dixie</em>, <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=jaime%20king&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Jaime King</strong></a> opens up about Hollywood's real-life pressures to be perfect off-screen as well. Often causing her weight to plummet to alarming lows, Jaime, 32, tells <em>Life & Style</em>, "I grew up in Hollywood, and my whole life I've believed that I have to look like a 14-year-old."<br />
In this week's issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now, Jaime bravely opens up to about her decades-long weight struggle and vowing to stop the cycle of promoting unhealthy body ideals. "I've had this weird expectation that I should weigh 118 pounds, even though I'm 5-feet-8½. I don't want to put that image out to young women, that they have to look like a prepubescent girl."
Jaime's obsession with having a 20-inch waist began in 1993, when the then-teen model was first discovered, and almost 20 years later, the star admits she still consumes only childlike portions. "I eat like a toddler," Jaime confesses, "little bites of a lot of different things, like peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, turkey bacon, oatmeal and chocolate- covered pretzels."
But she is making the effort: Jaime's sought the help of nutritionist David Allen and keeps her strength up for Hart of Dixie's demanding filming schedule by subscribing to ZEN Foods, a premade-meal delivery system. "I knew that I was creating an unrealistic image," she confides, "I don't want to put that image out to young women, that they have to look like a prepubescent girl. It's really ridiculous."
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