Kelly Stafford explains why discussing the word 'fat' with her daughter 'terrified' her
Kelly Stafford just opened up about a challenging conversation she had with one of her daughters.
The host of The Morning After podcast, who shares four daughters with her Los Angeles Rams quarterback husband Matthew Stafford, said that she was caught off-guard when one of her daughters asked her, “How do people get fat?”
“I just said, you know, ‘I don't think using the word fat is a good word. We should never call people fat,’” she explained on the podcast. “We talked about healthy and unhealthy. We need to continue eating healthier foods — you can have your unhealthy stuff, but more healthy than unhealthy. And [I said] some people are just, you know, bigger boned.”
Stafford, who did not mention which daughter asked the question, said she was taken aback by it because she felt she did not become “body conscious” herself until middle school. Though she said she tried to answer the question as best she could, she added, “I'm scared that they're going to go to school, and if there's a bigger-set kid there, be like, ‘Well, you need to eat healthier.’ Like, that terrifies me."
The mom of four has recently spoken out about feeling insecure in her own skin. In a May episode of The Morning After, she talked about the pressure to “snap back” after pregnancy, which is heightened for her as a woman in the spotlight. Stafford welcomed her fourth child, Tyler, in 2020.
"I was focusing on myself and the body I had and how I wasn't happy with that, and, like, that is selfish, because to be honest, it shouldn't matter," she said. "But the reason we feel like it matters is because we see all of the social media around it and all these women who, just in two weeks, are back to their [pre-baby] size and you're like, 'Well what the hell? What am I doing wrong?'"
Though Stafford may struggle to have certain conversations with her daughters, she has previously shared that it’s important for her to make sure they know they have a right to choose what they want out of life — especially in the wake of the Roe v. Wade reversal earlier this summer.
“I would love for my girls to have the right to choose,” she said on her podcast in July. “I think it's an important lesson, like, 'Listen, this is what can happen,' and it's not a decision that I think people take lightly. I think where people get stuck on is, like, just because you agree with wanting someone to be able to choose does not mean that you are, like, so pro-abortion … You can have your issues [with] abortion. You're just saying that every woman should have a right to choose what to do with their body in their future.”
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