Jane Fonda slams fitness claims
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:00a.m.
Jane Fonda has blasted reports her famous 'Workouts' are responsible for her recent knee replacement surgery, insisting she suffers from a hereditary form of arthritis.
The actress has a reconstructed left knee and critics claim the surgery would not have been necessary had it not been for Fonda's excessive exercise regime.
One online report suggested the fitness fanatic's famous Jane Fonda Workout programmes, which became cult viewing in the late 1970s and 1980s, were to blame.
But Fonda insists bad genes are the real cause.
In a post-surgery blog, the actress writes, "A recent article in the Daily Mail (newspaper) reports that my knee replacement surgery was the result of years of repetitive pounding from doing my Jane Fonda Workout programs. Wrong! It is a result of osteoarthritis which my father, Henry Fonda, also suffered from, as does my brother, Peter, who may need hip replacement soon.
"You never saw them doing the Jane Fonda Workouts.
"My family's osteoarthritis (the gradual disappearance of joint cartilage) is a matter of genes, not working out."
The actress adds she's amazed her fitness routines were singled out for blame - considering she has famously abused her body in other ways throughout her life.
Fonda writes, "I am sure that my 25 years of eating disorders didn't help the condition, and perhaps my decade of running made it worse. But sooner or later I would have needed joint replacement even if I had been totally sedentary."
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