Jennifer Aniston has hit out at the “absurd and disturbing” scrutiny of women as once again rumours fly she is pregnant.1anThe 47-year-old actress has written a lengthy essay criticising tabloids for the way she is portrayed in the media, calling it a “sporting event of speculation”.

“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” Aniston wrote in an essay published by the Huffington Post. “I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of ‘journalism’, the ‘First Amendment’ and ‘celebrity news’.

“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty.”

The Friends star said young girls were absorbing “toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories” and that she and her husband Justin Theroux were harassed every day by “dozens of aggressive photographers” who went to “shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo”.