Jessica Simpson looks back at public’s hurtful ‘hyperfocus’ on her weight

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Jami Ganz, New York Daily News
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Jessica Simpson is opening up about the world’s former obsession with her body.

In the fashion designer’s updated memoir, “Open Book,” now out in paperback, she reflects on the weight-based criticism she received over the years, People reported Wednesday.

“There is a wonderful movement for body positivity now and the response to that portion of my story has been overwhelmingly supportive,” Simpson, 40, told the outlet.

A 2009 journal entry featured in the book, and published by People, saw Simpson saying her “heart breaks because people says I’m fat.”

The mom of three captioned the excerpt as “A moment from the ‘Mom Jeans’ era of 2009, when the world put a hyperfocus on my weight.”

“I hate that I was treated as an object to be tossed around like a rag doll, but I smile to see me talking to myself back and forth across all these years,” Simpson’s caption continued. “It’s like I knew this was the purpose all along: you reading this right now in this very moment.”

Also in the journal excerpt, Simpson asked: “Why does the cruel opinion of this world get to me?”

The “With You” singer acknowledged to People that those perpetuating the physicality-based criticism might not have “always realized that there was a human being ... with actual feelings behind those headlines and that words can hurt and stay with you for a lifetime.”

Though “still a work in progress when it comes to self-criticism,” Simpson has “the tools to quiet those voices in my head,” as she explained to the outlet.