Khloe Kardashian shares why she uses body neutral language around her daughter True
Khloe Kardashian has been incredibly candid over the years about her relationship with her body and how growing in the public eye and constantly being compared to her sisters has informed many of the negative thoughts she has about herself and her body. Because of this, Khloe has decided that she’s not going to use language like “big” or “small” around her three-year-old daughter True Thompson.
Khloe shares that her own struggles with body positivity have informed how she talks to True about her own body.
“When it comes to food — I had so many issues. It wasn’t from one person, I guess just from society or how people critiqued my body. So, I don’t play when it comes to True,” Khloe explained to Health magazine in a new interview. “She’s very tall. People will always say, ‘She’s so big.’ And I’ll say, ‘Oh, she’s so tall.’ I try to make them be more descriptive. I know what an adult means when they say that, but I don’t want her to misinterpret that.”
Khloe added that her daughter is pretty resilient, saying, “I’ve noticed she’s really tough, which is a great thing. And if that’s who she is, I’m not trying to make her not be that way…I do try to always tell her that it’s OK if she cries or if something is wrong.”
Khloe doesn’t shy away from the topic of body positivity or her experiences being unfairly critiqued by the public and constantly compared to her sister’s bodies. She touched on those topics in the interview, saying, “I felt excluded my whole life. I’ve fluctuated. At my largest, I was a 14 or 16 — which, by the way, is totally standard in the U.S. I always felt excluded from my own family — not by them. On shopping trips, I couldn’t shop where they shopped. I’d be indirectly told by brands that their clothes weren’t for me because they didn’t produce a dress in my size.”
Later in the interview, she talked about her past experiences with “yo-yo dieting” or the pattern of losing weight, regaining it, and dieting again.
“I’ve actually always had a really unhealthy relationship with food. When I was younger and was sad, I would eat — I was an emotional eater,” Khloe shared. “And then I hated the way I felt after that. I was almost punishing myself for binging or having a bag of chips — it just became so much thought. I had tried every diet under the sun. Remember when Beyoncé did that lemon juice and cayenne pepper thing? I was like, sign me up! That’s why I yo-yoed my entire life — I was always chasing some fad.”
It’s clear that Khloe’s experiences with her own body have informed how she uses language around her daughter. But now Khloe says she’s prioritizing her mental health and overall wellness and says she’s “practicing healthy habits on a daily basis. I have to think of it as a lifestyle rather than thinking I want to try this diet or some other thing someone was talking about. I’m so over that stage in my life. It’s cliché, but it’s all about mind, body, and soul.”