The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil has been on a crusade to stop celebrities from glorifying weight loss — specifically Detox Tea, oft promoted on stars' Instagram feeds, and recently by Kim Kardashian. Now Jamil is concerned about Khloe Kardashian after the famous sister shared a seemingly lighthearted Instagram Story, apparently a joke about dieting. But when Jamil retweeted the post, she was closer to tears than laughter.
Here's what Khloe's powder-pink post said: "2 Things a Girl Wants: 1) Lose Weight 2) Eat." Relatable, right? But then again, maybe it shouldn't feel as relatable as it does to so many people — mainly women, and certainly postpartum women like Khloe.
Sharing the Revenge Body star's post on Twitter, Jamil added her own thoughts: "This makes me sad. I hope my daughter grows up wanting more than this. I want more than this. Sending love to this poor woman. This industry did this to her. The media did it to her. They fat shamed her into a prison of self critique. Dear girls, WANT MORE THAN THIS," she wrote.
But, before you call that a smackdown, know that Jamil wasn't being glib here. She continued to tweet throughout the day, adding: "To the press outlets that said I 'slammed' 'called out ' 'came for' 'hit out at' Khloe in this post. You suck. You’re trying to make a woman of colour look violent and aggressive when I could not have been more empathetic. I was criticizing the fat shaming media."
Plus, her message wasn't even about Khloe, as much as it was about a larger issue. Jamil continued: "I am doing what I do, and saying what I say for the mental health of young kids who follow damaging rhetoric and are at risk of internalizing it more than adults. Nobody thinks/cares enough about their mental health. Sending love to everyone."
Jamil has been open about her own past with an eating disorder, and also added this thought to anyone who would dare call her a hater. "People who haven’t suffered with/or understand eating disorders don’t understand the desperate need we are in to change the conversation around weight and food. Especially media and celebrities...They need to understand how triggering words can be for those suffering with ED," she shared. Keep scrolling to see her heartfelt tweets:
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