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Jennifer Lawrence 'Considered a Fat Actress'

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- She's Hollywood's new 'It' girl who, at age 21, nabbed the coveted lead heroine role in this year's blockbuster Hunger Games, but Jennifer Lawrence says that doesn't mean she fits into the typical Hollywood mold.

"In Hollywood, I'm obese," Lawrence, now 22, told Elle magazine in its December issue where she graces the cover in a skin-tight white dress under the headline, "From Indie Star to Hunger Games Bombshell."

"I'm considered a fat actress," she says. "I'm Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach."

To prepare for her career-making role as Katniss Everdeen, the movie's 16-year-old heroine who is forced to fight for her life, Lawrence underwent intense training, including learning how to run properly.

"I'm pigeon-footed…so I decided to learn how to run with my feet straight and then they ended up just taping my ankles to make my feet go out," she told Good Morning America last March.

The movie was a blockbuster hit but Lawrence drew criticism for her full, by Hollywood standards, figure from, among others, the movie critic for the New York Times who wrote, "A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit…"

Speaking to Elle, Lawrence is defiant against those critics, and any agents or casting directors who stand in her way.

"I'm never going to starve myself for a part," she says. "I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner'…I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong-not thin and underfed."

Fellow "It" girls Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis got slim for their ballet movie "Black Swan," and Anne Hathaway has described her "crazy" workout regimen for "Catwoman" and "living on hummus and radishes" to portray a prostitute in Les Miserables, but Lawrence says she'll never take her acting that far.

"I eat like a caveman," Lawrence says. "I'll be the only actress who doesn't have anorexia rumors."

The Oscar-nominated actress also lets her guard down about her boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult, a fellow actor she met on the set of X-Men, revealing she also doesn't watch her diet around him.

"We can eat Cheetos and watch beach volleyball and we turn into two perverted Homer Simpsons, like, 'Oh, she's got a nice ass,'" she says. "I never thought we'd have such different opinions on asses."

"[He] is honestly my best friend too," Lawrence tells Elle, turning more serious. "He's my favorite person to be around and makes me laugh harder than anybody."

The December issue of Elle hits newsstands Nov. 13.

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Body Criticism of "Hunger Games" Actress ‘Toxic,’ Psychologists Say

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Psychologists are calling the criticism that Jennifer Lawrence appeared too heavy in The Hunger Games “toxic” and “dangerous” for the film and the book franchise’s many teenage fans.

Multiple media outlets made mention of Lawrence’s figure in their coverage of the box office phenomenon. The New York Times wrote, “A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission.” The Hollywood Reporter cited Lawrence’s “lingering baby fat.”

“These kind of messages are toxic,” Kelly Brownell, a professor of psychology at Yale University, told ABC News. “They pressure people, especially girls, to be at odds with their bodies and to fight against whatever natural weight they might have. They force into the public psyche an arbitrary and unrealistic ideal that is attainable by few and leaves a great many scars in its wake.”

In the film, Lawrence hunts, runs, tackles, climbs and shoots arrows with accuracy that makes Robin Hood look like a hack, all of which demands physical fitness, not a waif-like figure.

“Having a strong woman character is always a positive,” said Carol Bernstein, an associate professor of psychology at New York University, “and it’s unfortunate that the discussion has been sidetracked. It’s very upsetting that the media puts so much focus on these kind of things, which makes young girls who are very susceptible to eating disorders think twice about how they look.”

Lawrence was aware of these issues long before she arrived in Hollywood.

“I remember when I was 13 and it was cool to pretend to have an eating disorder because there were rumors that Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie were anorexic,” she said in a recent interview with Seventeen magazine. “I thought it was crazy. I went home and told my mom, ‘Nobody’s eating bread -- I just had to finish everyone’s burgers.’”

She added, “I’m just so sick of these young girls with diets. I think it’s really important for girls to have people to look up to and to feel good about themselves.”

Given her attitude, she might be just what those young girls are looking for.

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