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Megyn Kelly Says She’s Used Diet Pills, Extreme Calorie Restriction In Apology For Body-Shaming Comments

Maria was on the show to talk with Megyn about her new stance on fitness and body image, after posting a controversial image in 2013 of herself in a revealing workout outfit with her three kids, captioned, “What’s your excuse?” Critics felt that she was fat-shaming moms who were anything less than fit. Talking with Megyn, Maria said that she wanted to shift away from that message and focus more on motivating women. “That was never my intent,” she told Megyn about body-shaming.

RELATED: Why So Many Women Body-Shame Themselves

While on the subject of shaming, Megyn suggested that Maria should spin fat-shaming people into “a professional business,” because “some of us want to be shamed.” She went on to say that she gained weight while she was in law school, and asked her stepfather to “shame” her in order to help her lose 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!”

People, understandably, were furious about Megyn’s comments:

I was publicly fat shammed early on in my career and it sent me to therapy. Trust me, there are real life ramifications for fat shaming of any kind, it is NEVER acceptable. We should be fostering a healthy culture that celebrates all women of all sizes.

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 11, 2018

.@megynkelly I was severely fat shamed(bullied-yes it’s bullying Megan!) through high school. Even physically assaulted. You need to thing of the wider ramifications of such statements.

— Brian Cuban (@bcuban) January 11, 2018

Megyn Kelly said asking her step-dad to fat shame her was a good thing. Can you imagine internalizing so much hatred of yourself your body you’d demand your loved ones to hate you too?

— Suzie Samin (@suzannesamin) January 11, 2018

Turned on the Today Show to catch @megynkelly share her dieting hack: FATHER-IN-LAW holds her accountable by saying “Where you going, FATASS??!” when he sees her heading into the kitchen. Genius!

— Justine Harman (@JustineHarman) January 11, 2018

@megynkelly could you sink any lower? Fat shaming is a good thing? Disgraceful! Sad!

— confused (@tampicoone) January 11, 2018

This isn’t the first time remarks she’s made on TODAY have caused controversy. Megyn was in hot water in September for asking actress Jane Fonda about her cosmetic surgeries in an interview promoting her film with Robert Redford, and her comments wishing a Will and Grace super-fan (who happened to be gay) good luck with “the gay thing” were also heavily criticized on Twitter.

Your body can actually to amazing things—here’s proof:

It’s depressing that we have to keep beating this drum, but once more for the people in the back: Fat-shaming, like any body-shaming, is a form of bullying. It can cause serious emotional damage, and research suggests that it can actually lead to weight gain in the long run. To endorse it, even somewhat jokingly, as a healthy method to lose weight is irresponsible. 

In response to the backlash, Megyn began her Friday morning show addressing the issues of weight and body-shaming. “I said something yesterday on the show that clearly struck a nerve, and I think it’s a conversation we need to have openly. We were discussing body-shaming others, something I absolutely do not support. In fact, quite the opposite.”

While Megyn said she’s body-shamed herself in the past to gain control over her weight (and knows many other women who do the same), she doesn’t condone that unhealthy thinking. “I do not endorse this reality, the truth is—I loathe it.”

She opened up about her own experience with weight gain, including a family history of obesity and a father who died in his forties, as well as being body-shamed growing up. “I was chubby, by any standard and soon I found myself on the wrong side of some vicious bullies. 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.” She revealed that she resorted to diet pills, extreme calorie restriction, and “obsessive exercise” to control her weight, but she was “so unhappy” at the time. 

And though Megyn said as an adult, her approach to eating has changed and become healthier, she admitted that she still deals with body image issues. “Please know, I would never encourage [body-shaming] 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.”

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