Megyn Kelly is clearing up a comment she made about fat shaming on her talk show Thursday, that struck a nerve with a lot of us.
Here’s the backstory. On her show Thursday morning, Megyn Kelly was interviewing fitness advocate Maria Kang, when she shared that she used to have her stepfather fat shame her into not eating when she was in Law School.
“Some of us want to be shamed!” Kelly said. “When I was in law school, I was gaining weight, I said to my stepfather, ‘If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, ‘Where you going, fat ass?’ And it works!”
Megyn received a lot of backlash from that comment, with folks taking to Twitter to share their thoughts.
Well, during her show Friday morning Megyn took the time to bring clarity to her comment.
“I said something yesterday on the show that clearly struck a nerve, and I think it’s a conversation we need to have openly,” Kelly said. “We were discussing body shaming others, something I absolutely do not support. In fact, quite the opposite.”
Megyn Kelly went on to reveal that her “entire family is or has been overweight or obese.”
An emotional Megyn then revealed that by middle school, she began to struggle with her own weight issues.
“By the time I got to middle school, the hormones and the weight kicked in. I was chubby by any standard and soon I found myself on the wrong side of some vicious bullies,” Kelly shared. “Ones who called me fat, and made fun of my backside, who subjected me to humiliating pranks. Those comments can cut deep, trust me, I know. Soon there were diet pills and obsessive exercise and I had reduced my calorie intake to 500 calories a day. My heart was racing all day, my hair and skin were dry but I was thin. And so unhappy. I was scared of gaining weight because of the insane standard this country holds its women to and because I was and remain afraid of dying in my 40’s, which happened to my father.”
Kelly explained that, “as an adult I’ve gotten healthier in my approach to eating, but I like every woman I know, still wrestle with body image, and still cringe when I hear a person attacked for his or her weight.”
“Please know, I would never encourage that toward any person. I’ve been thinking a lot about why I once encouraged it toward myself. What I know for sure is that weight is an issue for millions of people, thin and heavy alike. And neither deserves to be judged or shamed for how they choose to handle that struggle.”