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2012 Oscars: Health Lessons We Can Learn From The Nominees

First Posted: 02/26/2012 11:09 am Updated: 02/26/2012 11:09 am

The Oscars aren't only about which actress will win and what she's wearing. The actors and actresses nominated for the 2012 Academy Awards are often role models, leading by example at everything from giving back to staying fit and eating right. And that means they can teach us (sometimes surprisingly!) valuable health lessons.

They don't have to star in health-themed films to get a message across. It might be an actor's personal fitness mantra that resonates with fans, or the way an actress speaks out about a health cause she is passionate for.

While you're enjoying the show (and the pre-show and the pre-pre-show) with your Oscars-themed snacks and cocktails, keep some of these valuable health lessons in mind.

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"I am not healthy at this weight," Spencer said after winning best supporting actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, reports People.com.

Spencer, nominated for the same award at the Oscars for her role in "The Help" continued: "Any time you have too much around the middle, then there is a problem." She's right! Belly fat is visceral fat, meaning it lies deeper below the skin and surrounds our organs, leading to problems like heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer, according to the Harvard Medical School.

Luckily for Spencer -- and for all of us! -- it's also easier to shed than subcutaneous fat, the fat you can pinch that's closer to your skin, with healthy eating and the right ab exercises.

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Filed by Sarah Klein  |