This is a partial transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," May 17, 2006, that was edited for clarity.
NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: "The Da Vinci Code" makes its debut to mixed reviews. But forget the movie. Did you happen to get a close look at Tom Hanks? All the talk is that it looks like Tom has put on a few pounds -- not that I'm one to complain, but anyway.
From Britney Spears to John Travolta, stars do appear to be gaining a little bit of girth. So, what is going on here?
With us right now is fitness guru Richard Simmons.
RICHARD SIMMONS, FOUNDER, RICHARD SIMMONS INC.: Hey, Neil.
I came to the studio and you were not even here.
CAVUTO: No. I regret that, too. But I'm glad I'm not in this case, because, you know, I would be sticking my stomach in. You know, I would be hiding behind like a Ring Ding or something.
SIMMONS: Now, have I ever mentioned anything? No. That's not the way I am.
CAVUTO: No, you have not. You're kind and a gentleman. But let me ask you, I have noticed this trend among some of the superstars: they're just getting a little beefier. What's going on?
SIMMONS: I think, as people get older, their priorities change. And they shift. They go in to different roles, where they could be maybe a little bit heavier.
I think we forget, you know, that we need to eat healthy. We need to exercise. And I think that people just get very busy. I mean, there are so many people out there who are having these problems of not being able to manage their time to get everything in.
CAVUTO: But what happened to Matthew Perry? I mean, that's from a few years ago on the left. And now, today, he has put on a few.
SIMMONS: Oh, well, Neil, this is not like you, to be this controversial. What is wrong?
CAVUTO: No, no, look, I'm in a huge glass house here. And I'm Miami, so I'm being careful.
But, I mean, is there a trend, as we take a look at other stars?
SIMMONS: Well, I think there are many stars who are going to the gym, having personal trainers, having people cook their food for them.
And I think other ones -- you know, it happens. As you get older -- I mean, I will be 58 this year -- as you get older, pounds seem to come on. Your metabolism changes. Women go through menopause. I think a few actors go through menopause, too.
But, you know, your body changes. And, for me, if I didn't exercise an hour and 15 minutes a day, and eat 1,800 calories, I would put the weight back on, too, Neil.
CAVUTO: Yes, but you don't. So, what's the message?
SIMMONS: The message is that you have to love yourself, unconditionally, and that you have to work very hard on this.
I get about 10,000 e-mails a month at Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't do anything with the President's Council on Physical Fitness.
I want to do something. We have to get fitness back into schools. Tell me who I can call. If anyone can give me information, e-mail me at RichardSimmons.com.
CAVUTO: We are on it, Richard.
SIMMONS: And I will be happy to take this information. Who should I talk to?
I will talk to you off air, All right, my friend?
SIMMONS: Yes, sir. Take care.
CAVUTO: Very good.
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