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Kim Kardashian reveals she got arthritis from Met Gala weight loss diet

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Kim Kardashian has revealed she developed psoriatic arthritis after following a strict diet – in order to fit into one of Marilyn Monroe's iconic dresses – in the lead up to this year's Met Gala.

ICYMI (how!?!?), Kim spoke openly about her decision to lose weight ahead of the 2022 Met Gala, admitting that she lost 16lbs in three weeks so that she could wear Marilyn's diamond-encrusted Jean Louis dress. Given that the recommended safe and sustainable amount of weight to lose per week is 1 to 2lbs, her comments on weight loss divided fans, with many calling the reality TV star out for the impact her behaviour could have on those with, or at risk of developing, disordered eating. In response to the controversy, Kim told the New York Times: "I didn’t do anything unhealthy."

But now the 41-year-old has opened up about the impact of her weight loss, telling Allure that adding meat into her typically plant-based diet resulted in a bout of arthritis. "Two weeks before [the Met Gala], I was 10 pounds down and I was so proud of myself," she said. "Then I got down 15 [pounds] and it [the dress] fit. I couldn’t believe it."

Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images

Kim went on: "[But then] psoriasis broke out over my body and I got psoriatic arthritis so I couldn’t really move my hands. It was really painful, and I had to go to a rheumatologist who put me on a steroid. I was freaking out. I cut out the meat again, and it’s calmed down."

According to the NHS, psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects some people with the skin condition psoriasis. It typically causes affected joints to become swollen, stiff and painful.

Despite developing psoriatic arthritis, the reality TV star defended her weight loss once again, adding that, "If I was starving and doing it really unhealthy, I would say that, of course, that’s not a good message."

She continued: "But I had a nutritionist, I had a trainer. I have never drunk more water in my life. I don’t see the criticism for other people when they lost weight for roles — they are [considered] geniuses for their craft."

If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s health, you can contact Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, 365 days a year on 0808 801 0677 or beateatingdisorders.org.uk.

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