Now that I’ve caught my breath from laughing (how many hundreds of us would be limbless if this were true?), I’d like to focus on a new article that came out saying that the claims about Kim Kardashian having lipedema were irresponsible.
Apparently Dr. Tomas Wright, who has made several news and tv appearances in the USA and is connected to the Laser Lipo & Vein Center in St. Louis, has put out a press release with some truth about lipedema along with a healthy dose of self promotion.
Lipedema is a fat storage disorder that causes an abnormal or disproportionate accumulation of fat in the legs and arms. Lipedema can gradually lead to swelling, heaviness and tenderness in the affected limbs but many women who have it have few or no symptoms. It’s not a rare disease, but there’s a poor understanding and awareness for it even among physicians and nurses. Up to 12% of the female population may have lipedema, but 98% of those with the condition don’t know they have it. That’s what makes articles like this one published by the National Enquirer so disappointing. There’s a great need to spread information and awareness about lipedema. Rather than share some helpful information, the article makes things worse by including multiple factual errors such as lipedema can “cause limbs to explode.”
The article goes on to talk about who Dr. Wright is and about education about lipedema. If you wish to read the rest of the PR, go ahead and check out Claims About Kim Kardashian Having Lipedema are Irresponsible.
Now, what are my thoughts on this? Ok yea, saying that our limbs will explode in a bloated mass of fat is kind of stupid. Is it really irresponsible? I’m inclined to say, “not really.” I work in marketing and I know the power that idiotic click bait holds, and that’s what the original article was. Sensational, idiotic, click bait. However, how many people went on to look up lipedema after reading about it in this Kim Kardashian article? How many women discovered they might have it? Most people know that while the National Enquirer is fabricated entertainment, there’s always still a grain of truth. In this case, lipedema is real.
Now, let me go make sure my limbs don’t explode…