Former reality star shares beach photos of her kids and receives backlash for their size
You’d think Kristin Cavallari, having appeared on old-school MTV reality staples “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills,” would be used to being judged by strangers. And she probably is. But that doesn’t mean she’s happy with having her parenting judged.
You’d also think that someone who is vocally anti-vaccination and GMOs would be used to having her parenting judged. And she probably is. But that doesn’t mean she’s happy having her children judged.
But welcome to the internet in 2016.
According to PopSugar, Cavallari, who’s married to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, – no stranger to being judged himself – posted a photo of her family enjoying Independence Day at the beach. And of course, the internet being what it is, some of her followers on social media accused her of starving her children. Apparently, if you squint, you can see her toddler sons’ spines in the photo.
I’m not sure how many of the negative commenters are doctors, but the number is probably zero. Naturally, that didn’t stop them from diagnosing the children.
“I understand you live a very strict dietary lifestyle but these children are very obviously nutritionally deficient.”
“Seeing pictures of your boys and how they look is a bit shocking to see! I know you cook healthy but to see the bones just doesn’t seem normal, sorry!”
Cavalleri responded by blocking the offenders, and attempting to keep a sense of humor about the whole thing, “Yep, I starve my children. Just blocked the most people I’ve ever blocked in my entire life. Happy 4th hahaha.”
At least one commenter has some perspective writing, “People are so used to seeing obese kids that they think this looks abnormal.”
Oh, and a doctor did weigh in: “People need to chill!.. I’m a doctor and these kids are totally fine…”
As many of the more reasonable comments suggest, children come in all shapes and sizes, and so do metabolisms. Some kids eat nonstop and never gain a pound, god bless ’em, and others pack it on with little to no effort. Let’s check back on her kids when they hit their thirties and see how they’re doing then.
Besides, I don’t know about you, but in my house, if anyone is starving my kids, it’s my kids! Getting them to eat is a challenge – unless we’re talking about ice cream and cheese puffs. Usually, when someone is being shamed for the size of their kids, it’s because they’re overweight, not underweight. But no one escapes judgment these days, because nothing says “my life and parenting and children are perfect” like being an anonymous, faceless person behind a keyboard.
Although the judgment these days is unreal, Cavallari is likely a victim of her own aforementioned controversial stances, especially the one that sees her regulating her kids’ diets away from GMOs. I’m no fan of her anti-vax stance, but that’s because it affects everyone. Unless she’s feeding her kids Soylent Green, their diet is none of our business. Their health is not something that can be ascertained from one snapshot anyway. But a complete and total lack of context never seems to stop anyone from being an expert on everything. Not anymore.
Parenting is a tough job, and it takes a village. When did the village start carrying pitchforks?