By Cara Sprunk
Khloe KardashianKhloe Kardashian has proclaimed that she lost 20 lbs in 20 days on a magazine cover a few weeks ago.
Generally, the youngest Kardashian sister is applauded for maintaining a healthy body image. I personally liked when she snapped back at her mom for criticizing her weight (props to you Khlo!). She definitely isn't fat - she's just perceived as so much bigger than her itty-bitty sisters. That's got to be hard. She's so much taller and bigger-boned than them, that even if she had the same BMI, she would still look a lot larger.
Fast forward to now, Khloe claiming to the world to be super skinny with her new weight loss. Yay for Khlo? No so much.
When I read that someone claims to have lost so much weight in such a small window of time, their reputation as a celebrity with a positive body image, in my mind, goes out the window.
No one should aspire to lose 20 lbs in 20 days. I'm not a doctor, but I would imagine without the help of the feeding tube diet or downright anorexia - this would be impossible.
Our culture demands immediate results. If you aren't losing a pound a day, like Khloe claims to have, you are perceived as doing something wrong. You're eating too much, not putting enough much time in the gym. Losing weight slowly is not an accomplishment, even though it's healthy.
Sure it can be frustrating after a few super-healthy days, coupled with intense workouts, not to see results. It's this lack of immediate results that makes many give up on their healthy goals and turn to a bag of chips.
And it certainly isn't inspiring to look at the scale, not see results after your hard work, and then look at Khloe Kardashian purporting to have dropped so much weight in just under 3 weeks.
The Kardashian Family has done plenty of things that I personally think are in bad taste (and I'm sure many would agree with me). I don't agree with Kim making a sex tape or having such an elaborate wedding with someone she was so clearly poorly matched with. And say what you want about Khloe and Lamar's marriage today, I don't agree with marrying someone you've known a month.
But those decisions affect only their family and a select few close to them. Posing on the cover of a magazine with these weight loss claims has the ability to make an impact on so many other people - possibly leading them to poor self-esteem and potentially even an eating disorder.
You're not going to lose 20 lbs in 20 days. Instead, you should forget about Khloe's goals and work on having more than 20 days of healthy eating and effective workouts .
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Cara lives in Santa Monica, CA, where she loves biking along the beach, yoga, reading, cooking and taking advantage of all the new places to explore in Southern California. Cara grew up in New Jersey and attended Cornell University, where she studied American Studies. Cara has been published in Star Magazine, Radar Online, OK Magazine, Reality Weekly, The Huffington Post, Her Campus, Psychology Today, and Divine Caroline.