Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian West called out by doctor for body image comments

Dr Preeya Alexander has written an open letter to the reality TV star
A doctor in Melbourne, Australia, has written an open letter to reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, accusing her of setting "a very dangerous tone for vulnerable people when it comes to body image”.

Preeya Alexander said she decided to post the message after hearing Mrs Kardashian West say that she would like to reach her "goal weight" before her 40th birthday. 

Her letter read: "Women look at you and think you look great, and if you talk about weight loss like this it can start to skew what other women think their bodies should look like.

"I see women all the time with concerns around their body, their weight, their appearance. I see women struggling with binging and/or purging. I see women restricting calories significantly to the point of losing their periods."

Preeya spoke to BBC OS.

'Frivolous' Instagram cosmetic filler ads banned

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian West
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Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian West

How do you police advertising standards in the wide-open space of social media?

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned three ads that were running on Instagram for cosmetic fillers - two of which appeared to promote Botox. They suggested that treatments could make them look like Kim Kardashian West and Kylie Jenner.

Guy Parker, chief executive at the Advertising Standards Authority, said one advert was treating a procedure as a competition prize. “It’s treating it quite frivolously," he said.

With Botox, it is prescription-only and you are not allowed to advertise. But not everyone knows this. To an average Instagram user, “it’s not obvious that advertising Botox is wrong,” he said. Have a look at Instagram today, though, and adverts like this are quite common.

“There are size and scale challenges to regulating” social media, he said.