Image: via Letterman. Shailene Woodley shares her bone broth recipe.
Shailene Woodley, the young actress who stars in in Divergent and The Fault in our Stars, has quickly become a poster girl for wellness and natural health.
She’d previously told Into The Gloss that “clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes. And, this is crazy: it also helps clean heavy metals out of your body”.
Shailene also explained that she liked to “give my vagina a little vitamin D”, as it helps with yeast infections and “other genital issues”. She advises, “If you’re feeling depleted, go in the sun for an hour and see how much energy you get…spread your legs and get some sunshine.”
But her most recent unusual health obsession? It’s taken things to a new level.
She divulged to Nylon magazine that she enjoys eating something that is natural, free, and extremely creepy-crawly. Yes, that’s correct: Shailene Woodley likes to eat BUGS.
In a behind-the-scenes video for her Nylon cover shoot, Shailene said, “I’ve eaten ants and that was great. And June bugs, that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we’ll see what happens.”
It’s hard to tell if Shailene is joking or not, but given her history of devouring all things earthy, eating bugs isn’t that much of a stretch.
It’s true that there are several health and environmental benefits to eating bugs, as discussed in this 2013 paper by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. And yet, when a Hollywood babe like Shailene says that eating bugs is “great”, there is the concern that, in an attempt to imitate her, people could grab the first bug they see in their backyard and eat it in unhygienic, uncontrolled circumstances.
Susan Lawler, Head of Department, Department of Environmental Management & Ecology at La Trobe University, told The Conversation that the danger of “eating fresh insects collected in the wild” is that it “puts you at risk of consuming pesticides”. When a reporter asked her to eat a bug on camera, Lawler refused, because “we did not have any insects from a trusted source”.
If you’ve ever seen Shailene on-screen, you will know that she has serious star power. She’s instantly engaging and relatable, yet also completely gorgeous. And that’s what frightens me about her willingness to share her “health” ideas – she’s a persuasive, beautiful and seemingly healthy young woman, who is touting dangerous ideas.
Shailene’s most famous roles to date have been playing young women who have prevailed over the impossible. In The Fault in Our Stars, her character, Hazel, grapples with cancer, tragic love and her mortality. In the post-apocalyptic film series, Divergent, Shailene’s character, Tris, is physically and emotionally powerful.
Having inhabited and portrayed these characters to perfection, Shailene Woodley has now become a role model to young women, whether she likes it or not.