Kim Kardashian West receives open letter from body positive doctor

The celebrity and founder of KKW Beauty has been called out over her diets and ‘tea concoctions’

Dr Preeya Alexander / Image: via Instagram @thewholesomedoctor

A body positive doctor and Instagram sensation Dr Preeya Alexander has penned an open letter to Kim Kardashian West urging her to “think of young girls” when she makes statements relating to her weight.

Through her Instagram account @thewholesomedoctor, Alexander, who is based in Melbourne, Australia, posted the letter which has received 740 likes.

Addressed to the founder of KKW Beauty it read: “Dear Kim Kardashian, I note you’ve recently come out stating you’d like to hit a certain goal weight and lose weight before your 40th birthday because you claim you’ve “fallen off the wagon".”

Alexander cited research from The Butterfly Foundation, which suggests that 38% of 4-year-olds are dissatisfied with their bodies.

She continued: “I see women- adolescents, older women - all the time with concerns around their body, their weight, their appearance.

“I see women struggling with binging and/or purging. I see women restricting calories significantly to the point of losing their periods.

“I see women unhappy day after day with their bodies - they compensate every calorie in with exercise.”

She also called out the celebrity star for talking heavily about restrictive diets and “risky tea concoctions”.

She concluded: “So you see I worry because I don’t want my little girl to ever think she needs to lose weight to be good enough and I don’t want her to think that weight loss is a necessity/requirement to feeling and looking good.”

The full letter:

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Dear Kim Kardashian, I note you’ve recently come out stating you’d like to hit a certain goal weight and lose weight before your 40th birthday because you claim you’ve “fallen off the wagon.” Here’s the thing- my husband I heard this on a radio news feed whilst in the car with our 3.5 year old daughter. I went rigid, my husband cringed- I started making loud noises about how much I loved my body and how strong I was (despite how bloody sore it is right now 🥴). I worry because you look fine/great/amazing and you talk heavily about weight loss/ restrictive diets and risky tea concoctions which can set a very dangerous tone for vulnerable people when it comes to #bodyimage. Women look at you and think you look great and if you talk about weight loss like this it can start to skew what other women think their bodies should look like- if she isn’t good enough, maybe I’m not either - is the question the brain asks. I worry because 1 in 4 young people have body image concerns according to a survey by the Butterfly Foundation. The Pretty Foundation suggest that 38% of 4 year olds are dissatisfied with their bodies- 4 year olds, yes you read it correctly. I see women- adolescents, older women- all the time with concerns around their body, their weight, their appearance. I see women struggling with binging and/or purging. I see women restricting calories significantly to the point of losing their periods. I see women unhappy day after day with their bodies- they compensate every calorie in with exercise. So you see I worry because I don’t want my little girl to ever think she needs to lose weight to be good enough and I don’t want her to think that weight loss is a necessity/requirement to feeling and looking good. Weight alone doesn’t determine health. I want her to know that eating rainbows, being active, remaining kind, caring and patient is the good stuff. I desperately want her to know her worth isn’t based on weight and appearance- so please, please think of young girls, women when you make these statements. You look awesome, you don’t need to lose weight - so let’s stop sending the wrong message 👍🏾 • #bodypositive #bodypositivity #medicine #empoweringwomen

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