Khloe’s story is framed as an empowering journey of health — one woman’s triumph over self-medicating with food, becoming stronger, fitter, and happier in the process.
“I was going through my divorce, and I just really needed an outlet," she says of why she embraced the gym life. "I had turned to food and had an unhealthy relationship with food my whole life... I don't care what weight I am. It's genuinely about me being healthy.”
But this is not just a story about fitness. Deep down, this is a story about weight loss — specifically how Khloe went from being "the fat one" to "the sexy one."
First, she talks about the body shaming that she experienced in her old, "fat" past.
"I was always alienated when I'd go shopping with my sisters," she says, explaining why she made her denim line size-inclusive. "If you were an 8 or a 10, they'd gasp, so as a 12, which I was at one point — God forbid! — they'd shun me, and it was horrible."
That size 12, by the way, was Khloe's heaviest. "I was at my biggest when I was with Lamar, but he loved me so much, and I was so in love that I wasn't worried about it," she said.
In a February episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Khloe said that she respected Odom because he still liked her when she was fat. "That's a big deal when a cool person likes you at your worst."
In the same episode, she explained why a high school nickname, Khloe Blowie, couldn't possibly have been true: "Who's gonna want blowjobs from the fat girl," she reasoned.
When her marriage collapsed, Khloe turned to the gym.
Though she initially says that weight loss was a "by-product" of her escaping into cardio, a second later she explains that she'd tried some crazy shit to get skinny — "I've done juice cleanses. I did the Master Cleanse. Like, what would Beyoncé do? But it didn't work for my body and my lifestyle."
Khloe clearly thinks — as many of us do — that being thin means that you'll be happy. It's GREAT to create new, healthy habits when a relationship ends, but I question whether forcing yourself to run for miles wearing a sauna suit to lose "water weight" is really healthy.
But it wasn't until she went to see a nutritionist that things got truly soul-destroying.
After working out with family friend and trainer Gunnar Petersen, Khloe went to see a nutritionist he recommended to help her break her “unhealthy” food habits. And this is what she was told:
“The nutritionist was like, "Kim has a body like a Ferrari, and you have a body like a Honda." I was like, "Yep, that sounds about right. That's my life — you just summed it up right there."
This is someone Khloe went to FOR HELP. I cannot even imagine the depths of insensitivity you’d have to descend to in order to say something like that to someone.
And the worst part is, Khloe’s clearly used to being compared unfavorably to her sisters.
She even does it to herself. In the course of this single interview, she compares her body to Kendall's (a literal high-fashion model): "I love bell-bottoms, but I'm not stick-thin. Kendall and I are similar heights, but she has a totally different body than me. She could do bell-bottoms. She's more rock star."
And then to Kim and Kylie: "They perspire, and they look so pretty, and they don't really do much. I'm like, "How do you guys have those bodies?"
I really want to give Khloe a hug. If you want to wear flares, girl, WEAR THEM. Don't punish yourself for not being a runway model!
Khloe CLEARLY wants to be seen as a champion of body positivity — but tearing yourself down, or comparing yourself to others, is not the way to do that.
Many women, at many different sizes, look up to Khloe. So it's difficult to see her say things like "I love women of all shapes and sizes. I love empowering women, and I'm obsessed with confident women," and then immediately follow that up with "I’ve been fat or out of shape my whole life. It's gonna take time to reprogram my body."
This is not empowering. All this does is reinforce the unrealistic "beauty standards" that allow health professionals to call some women Ferraris and others Hondas. It's. Not. OK.
Body positivity is about loving yourself AS YOU ARE. Not 15 pounds from now, not one "Revenge Body" later — right now. Thinness-at-any-cost is not the goal; truly loving and accepting yourself is.
Khloe is, and always has been, a total babe — with a ton to offer the world besides a newly-thin body.
Fitness and happiness exists at every size, and body shaming — even if you're the one doing it to yourself — is never OK. If Khloe really IS about being body positive and healthy, here's to hoping she realizes this thing in particular in 2017.