Kim Kardashian West Finally Apologizes for Glorifying Eating Disorders
Snapchats Kim posted over the summer about her weight loss sparked serious backlash. Here's what she's saying now about those "anorexia" comments.
Kim Kardashian West has created a controversy or two in her day-cough, endorsing appetite suppressant lollipops, cough. But she really hit a nerve when video clips of the Kardashian/Jenner sisters discussing Kim's recent weight loss appeared to compare her slimdown to being anorexic-as if having an eating disorder were a good thing. Now, two months later, Kardashian West is finally addressing her comments.
In the video clips, which the mogul posted to Snapchat back in August, Kim, Kendall and Khloé discuss Kim's hot new bod. "No, like, I'm really concerned, I don't think you're eating. You look so skinny," Kendall says. In response, Kim literally squeals in excitement. "What?! Oh my god thank you," she says. Khloé later added that Kim's waist looked "anorexic."
People immediately took issue-rightly-with the sisters talking about eating disorders as if they were #BodyGoals. Boasts about weight loss and endorsements of appetite suppressant lollipops on social media can be tricky enough for anyone to navigate. But for those dealing with eating disorders, the negative trigger messages can be downright dangerous. (The company behind the appetite suppressant lollipops Kardashian was slammed for promoting, meanwhile, faced some serious backlash from eating disorder survivors when they debuted a massive billboard in Times Square this summer.)
Despite getting called out for glorifying anorexia, Kardashian West didn't address the comments until recently on the debut episode of plus-size model Ashley Graham's new podcast Pretty Big Deal. (Graham, ICYMI, has long been a proponent of body positivity.) "My intention is never to offend anyone, and I really apologize if I offended anyone," she said, according to Yahoo Lifestyle.
"I know people that have serious eating disorders that have been in and out of the hospital for 15 years-close people," she said. "I've experienced it enough to have known better."
While the Kardashian/Jenner comments might seem like another innocuous, though insensitive, drop in the social media bucket, according to mental health experts, what you see in pop culture really does impact your body image. That's why eating disorder counselors and body image experts were so riled about Netflix's controversial show Insatiable, which also appeared to glorify an unhealthy form of weight loss.
In her conversation with Graham, Kardashian West reframed her body transformation in a much healthier way. "I actually just feel healthy and strong and confident, so I just want to post it," she said. Why didn't you say that in the first place, Kim?! That's a message we can get behind.