Last week, Kim Kardashian came under fire for an Instagram post advertising appetite suppressing lollipops. As a woman of so much influence, she had a choice to make, and she made the wrong one. She has a huge following (111 million people saw this post) and chose to tell her followers that eating was less important than the size of your waist.
Diet culture, a system that values weight, shape, and size over health and well-being, is toxic and contributes to eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and low self-esteem. We all know that Kim’s iconic figure did not come to her naturally, so by her promoting dangerous appetite suppressants, she is further contributing to a toxic message that a woman’s worth rests solely upon her appearance.
Celebrities and influencers have a choice to make with their platform and privilege. Some chose to speak out against dangerous and toxic expectations of beauty for women. Others let their money do the talking. Our happiness does not depend on the size of our waist. If we want to eat that cheeseburger, we should be able to, free from guilt or the pressures of society.
We live in a time where we are constantly consuming content and information. If celebrities aren’t going to make responsible choices about the content they produce and endorse, we need to make the conscious decision to stop consuming their media. We have the power to send them a message. Consume consciously. Do not fall into the traps of diet culture simply because a person of influence wants to make a cut of the lollipops you might buy. Take a stand.