“One of the biggest issues with social media is the idea that you should do anything in the name of losing weight, and that’s a terrible story to perpetuate.”
Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian arrived at the Met Gala in the same dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to President Kennedy’s birthday fundraiser in 1962.
During an interview with La La Anthony on the carpet of the Met Gala, Kim revealed that she lost 16 pounds in 21 days to fit Marilyn’s dress.
When she originally tried on the dress, Kim thought it would be a little too big because she thought Marilyn was “too curved.” However, Kim said that when a dress didn’t fit, “She wanted to cry because [the dress] It can’t be changed at all.”
In order to fit the dress, Kim revealed that she would “wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, completely cut out all sugar and all carbs, and eat only the cleanest veggies and protein.”
Now, I want to take a moment to address you, reader, and apologize for the way we covered this story at the beginning. It took me a moment truly Realize how harmful Kim’s words and actions can be to people watching the concert and reading the coverage. In retrospect, I wish we could have condemned her actions completely instead of making it look like we glorified her weight loss in any way.
In an effort to educate myself about just how pervasive diet culture is and how dangerous Kim’s actions are, not just to her body, but to the millions of people who look up to her, I spoke with Elaina Efird, RD, CEDRD, CSSD – Chief Registered Dietitian at Cam Clinic in Burlington, Vermont, He specializes in treating eating disorders.
First, although I can guess the answer, I asked Elena how Kim’s extreme weight loss was possible and whether it was sustainable: “Losing 16 pounds in 21 days is Technically “It is possible, but only through excessive and unhealthy measures such as starvation or semi-starvation,” she told BuzzFeed.
Then you talked to us about the risks of changing yourself to fit clothes instead of wearing the right clothes you. “The issues that arise from Kim Kardashian perpetuating the novel to change yourself to fit clothes have many negative effects.”
There are clear effects on mental health and self-esteem that this kind of thinking can have, but I also wanted to talk to Elaina about health Risks of extreme weight loss for Kim: “The health risks of what Kim did include many serious side effects of starvation such as electrolyte change, dehydration, dizziness, tiredness and lightheadedness. When you severely restrict foods as she did, you are at risk of fainting and your essential electrolytes drop to a point where you may need to be hospitalized. To replenish those electrolytes. Eliminating these foods leads to increased obsession, negative thoughts about the body and, often, an unhealthy relationship with food and the body.”
Then she asked Elena, as an expert, what message she would give to people who, after seeing what Kim did, might feel pressure to lose weight as well: “My message to people who want to try to do what Kim K did is not to do this. It’s a terrible example you set, And her behavior perpetuates eating disorders.”
“She’s using her actions to say it’s OK to starve yourself if it’s for a cause, which isn’t true at all,” Elena continued. “It’s never okay to starve yourself under any circumstances. You should never feel bad because you don’t look like someone else; we are all unique and have unique bodies, and this is something to celebrate. Every body is beautiful!”
Elena concluded her speech with her thoughts on diet culture as a whole and its effects on society: “It’s really sad that we still see celebrities, big social media creators, and others promoting terrible eating habits like Kim K. It’s even more sad that the huge media are sharing these diets. One One of the biggest issues with social media is the idea that you should do anything in the name of losing weight, and this is a terrible story to keep going. I wish the media platforms would stop doing that.”