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  • "No one should be criticized for statements regarding their body," warns Hershenson.

    "Women especially face tremendous pressure to conform to certain beauty standards, and social media contributes to this challenge to look a certain way," she continues.

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    Michelle Elmancertified body coach, notes to CafeMom that "fans" can deeply impact a celebrity with their commentary: 

    "I think the body shaming Kim Kardashian and many other celebrities receive is constant and most are shocked to find out that it affects them, when it shouldn't. Many people aspire to look like her and would want her body and therefore they don't understand her insecurities, but people need to realize that your body is not correlated to body confidence."

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  • It is important to note, however, that Kim's usage of the term may have been wrong in and of itself.

    "I think that speaking about body dysmorphia in very colloquial – rather than diagnostic -- terms can be harmful to folks who deal with BDD," body image expert Melissa Fabello tells CafeMom. "Arguably, that's dismissive. But I think that the core issue that Kim was getting at -- that it's impossible to know what any individual person is struggling with, and that receiving thousands of comments from strangers about her body every single day is something almost none of us understand -- is legitimate."
     
  • And all in all, it is important to remember that when people speak out about a personal issue, it is inherently important to not dismiss them.

    "A person with BDD may present as confident but inside they are struggling," Hershenson tells CafeMom. "They may appear to have great body image but put themselves down, restrict their diet, and obsess over their looks ..." 
     

    "...We need to increase body confidence in young women and talk more openly about the pressures women face while advocating for change is our society's and the media's standards."
     
    We hope Kim gets the help she needs.