As Someone Who's Struggled With An Eating Disorder, I Do Not Support Kim Kardashian West's Appetite Suppressant Promotion

As Someone Who's Struggled With An Eating Disorder, I Do Not Support Kim Kardashian West's Appetite Suppressant Promotion

She is using her massive platform to promote negative body image behaviors.
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Last week, Kim Kardashian West posted a photo on Instagram promoting these lollipops that were also appetite suppressants. I would like to point out that Kim has more than 111 million followers on Instagram (I am proudly not one of them). I saw this post through Twitter.

We live in a society that glorifies weight loss, starvation, extreme body modification (plastic surgery), a petite yet curvy figure, among many other things. Very rarely do you see people loving and accepting the bodies that they have – granted the body positivity movement has made some strides in the past few years but the pressure to have the perfect body has not changed. And here is where I am going to call out Kim.

Kim, you are a mother, daughter, sister, idol, and a social media icon. You have created a massive platform for you and your family – and most of that has been based on your looks and fashion. I may not agree with your extreme focus on fashion and looks and I can ignore that. However, when you advertise something that suppresses an individual's appetite, you have gone too far. As someone who has struggled with negative body image and eating disorders, seeing a celebrity promote an appetite suppressant would be music to my eating disorders ears.

My disordered thoughts would tell me that if Kim K is doing it then I can, too. But let's just say you didn’t have an eating disorder or negative body image, and you were just a young 13-year-old girl whose body is starting to change and you’re actually becoming aware of what you look like. And you see a well-known celebrity, such as Kim K, promoting something that suppresses your appetite. Your immediate thought is probably going to be something like well if she is doing it I can, too.

During my undergrad career, I have taken one very basic, albeit hard biology class. If there is one thing that I still remember to this day it is that our bodies need food to survive and function. In food there are macromolecules and these macromolecules are broken down and allow our bodies to perform certain functions. If you do not eat your body cannot function properly. If someone wants to be a productive and happy individual they have to eat. Suppressing an appetite is hurting your body in the long and short term.

Kim K has a massive platform that could be used to promote so many things such as body positivity. This post just reinforced the social stigma that people, especially women should be ashamed of being hungry and wanting to eat. Being hungry is natural and normal. I wonder how much money she made from that Instagram post – because is it really worth it if it is feeding into a culture that teaches women to hate their bodies and to deny themselves of what their body needs? I personally don’t think so.

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You, the girl with a heart full of love and no place big enough to store it all.

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Our generation is so caught up in this notion that it's "cool" not to care about anything or anyone. I know you've tried to do just that.

I'm sure there was a brief moment where you genuinely believed you were capable of not caring, especially since you convinced everyone around you that you didn't. But that just isn't true, is it? Don't be ashamed of this, don't let anyone ridicule you for having emotions.

After everything life has put you through, you have still remained soft.

This is what makes you, you. This is what makes you beautiful. You care so deeply and love so boldly and it is incredible, never let the world take this from you.

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You are the girl who will give and give and give until you have absolutely nothing left. Some may see this as a weakness, an inconvenience, the perfect excuse to walk all over you. I know you try to make sense of it all, why someone you cared so much about would treat you the way they did.

You'll make excuses for them, rationalize it and turn it all around on yourself.

You'll tell yourself that maybe just maybe they will change even though you know deep down they won't. You gave them everything you had and it still feels as if they took it all and ran. When this happens, remind yourself that you are not a reflection of those who cannot love you. The way that people treat you does not define who you are. Tell yourself this every day, over and over until it sticks. Remind yourself that you are gold, darling, and sometimes they will prefer silver and that is OK.

I know you feel guilty when you have to say no to something, I know you feel like you are letting everyone you love down when you do. Listen to me, it is not your responsibility to tend to everyone else's feelings all the time. By all means, treat their feelings with care, but remember it is not the end of the world when you cannot help them right away.

Remember that it is OK to say no.

You don't have to take care of everyone else all the time. Sometimes it's OK to say no to lunch with your friends and just stay home in bed to watch Netflix when you need a minute for yourself. I know sometimes this is much easier said than done because you are worried about letting other people down, but please give it a try.

With all of this, please remember that you matter. Do not be afraid to take a step back and focus on yourself. You owe yourself the same kind of love and patience and kindness and everything that you have given everyone else. It is OK to think about and put yourself first. Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You are so incredibly loved even when it doesn't feel like it, please always remember that. You cannot fill others up when your own cup is empty. Take care of yourself.

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College Is NOT The Place To Be A Perfectionist, In Fact, It's Nearly Impossible

Accept it and move on.

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Life is hard for a perfectionist, and it only gets harder if it keeps itself up.

There is such little room for a perfectionist to mess up, and college is full of mess ups. That's why no one should expect themselves to keep entertaining the thought of perfection past high school. You can always chase it and never reach it, or you can work as hard as you can and get exactly where you want to be.

I was a perfectionist my entire life.

People always criticized me for it and said it would come back to bite me later. Of course, I never believed them because it worked out in my favor. I was getting where I needed to be and all the self-discipline is what I assumed got me there. Fast-forwarding to the present, they were right. It did come back to bite me. Actually, it is biting me.

I was setting myself up for failure all that time and I ignored it. I was only after perfection up until college because it wasn't that hard to obtain. I didn't have to study and I had time for my friends. But then things got harder out of nowhere and I was not prepared at all to shift the standards I had for myself.

As a perfectionist, I constantly compared myself to other people and made sure I was doing better than the next guy, or at least just as well. That didn't work for long. I stopped competing with others because I learned that no one is worth beating if they aren't even chasing the same goal. And that helped me learn to quit competing against myself, too, because we're on the same team.

Freshman year of college, I almost pulled it off. The perfectionist in me nearly won. Then I started reasoning with myself and I figured out I had limits to what I could handle and I stopped pushing myself past them.

There are sacrifices that have to be made in reaching success.

College is like the triangle you can only pick two things from. On it might be grades, free time, and work, and you have to give up free time to have a job and good grades. A perfectionist will try so hard to get all three, and they may be able to at first. But it catches up with you.

Then there are other times where you're lucky to get one piece of the triangle. It's a game of going back and forth and testing patience in the pursuit of greatness.

I may end up with an "A" in a class because I only studied for that one exam, and in return, I might fail a quiz that same week. It would have bothered me to not evenly distribute my time and to not do perfectly on all of it, but it's actually OK. And the job that may take up way too much of my time will look really good on my resume and the time I didn't have to enjoy myself won't matter later.

And as bad as they seem at one particular moment, sacrifices are worth it in the end. Some things just carry more weight than others and the further I've gotten, the more I've figured it out. And I just try to remember that when I reach the point where I've gotten exactly where I wanted to be, no one is going to ever know what I had to give up to get there. And there's even a chance I won't remember either.

As long as I'm actually trying as hard as I can and I learn from every hiccup and mistake, things will work out the way they should.

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