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Kylie Jenner's 'Chunky' Comment is a Face Slap to the Body Positive Movement

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Kylie Jenner might be the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, but she might be the one who's undergone the most dramatic transformation. In a recent interview on her app, the 19-year-old opened up about her weight gain and put an end to plastic surgery rumors that have been surfacing as of late.

"[I haven't had] ass implants," she said. "You know, I used to be 120 [lbs.]. I was really skinny. Now I'm pushing like 136. But it's alright, I like the chunkiness."

As amazing as it is to see the young reality star embrace her weight gain, 136 pounds shouldn't really be considered 'chunky' by any means. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, and a recent study by Washington State University found the average American woman to be a size 16.

These numbers might seem high, but that can partly be attributed to the way we are conditioned to view a woman's size and weight. There's a good chance you know several women who are a size 16 and weigh over 160 pounds, and they all probably look pretty damn good.

Ultimately, Jenner shouldn't feel like she has to justify her weight gain, and it's troubling that she does (but that's a post for another time). However, it's also important to remember that by calling herself "chunky" she's saying something — whether she means to — about women who weigh more than that (if 136 pounds on the decidedly thin Jenner is "chunky," what does it mean for anyone who doesn't look like her?).

For many women, their self-confidence is based on seemingly arbitrary numbers that indicate whether one is fat or skinny. The key is to remember that numbers are just that: numbers. And they should not dictate how you treat and feel about your body.

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