Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
Kourtney Kardashian has sparked a lively conversation after stating in a recent interview that her son hadn’t had McDonald’s french fries in over a year, and wasn’t allowed them when he asked for them.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, who is also the founder of lifestyle and wellness brand Poosh, has been vocal about living with a mostly plant-based, gluten free and sugar free diet since her early days on the reality show.
But Kourtney has faced criticism for enforcing her strict eating habits on her children, Mason, 12, Penelope, 10, and Reign, seven.
During an interview with Wall Street Journal, she said: “I was having my one-on-one time with my son [Mason] and he said, ‘Mom, I need McDonald’s French fries today, please. It’s been a year since I’ve had it.'”
“I was like, ‘Today’s not the day, sorry.’,” she added.
Elsewhere in the interview, Kourtney said: “When I had Mason is when I really started my wellness journey.
“He’s very smart. He’ll tell me, ‘A person was bad because they let me have Cheetos.'”
This isn’t the first time Kourt has talked about enforcing restrictions on what her kids eat.
A storyline on Kardashians in 2019 even saw her and sister Kim Kardashian bicker over her decision to ban sweets with sugar in them at her daughter Penelope’s joint birthday party with Kim’s daughter, North West, nine.
“Kourtney has this vision of no sugar or no disgusting chemicals in candy. It’s like a completely sugar-free, gluten-free, party-free, fun-free zone because Kourtney has decided that,” Kim says in the episode.
“It just doesn’t make sense and it really wasn’t the theme of what North and Penelope wanted for their birthday.”
But Kourtney held her opinions firm.
“I can’t believe that Kim isn’t willing to compromise at all and that she doesn’t feel guilty about giving not only her kids and my kids but all these kids that are coming to our party so much junk and candy,” she retorts in the episode.
“It’s such a dated vibe to be like that.”
Whilst some parents agreed with Kourtney’s stance and praised her decisions, there were some who argued the negative affects of banning any foods for long periods of time.
Following Kourtney’s WSJ interview, Kirsty Ketley, Parent Consultant and co-founder of Parenthood App, exclusively told Twisted: “I don’t agree that banning junk food is the answer to stopping children from eating it.
“When you make something forbidden to children, you run the risk of it becoming more appealing to them and when they feel deprived, they want it more and then end up overindulging.
“Some children can make negative associations with foods they are told not to eat, and if they do happen to eat them, they will feel guilty or ashamed. This can lead to them having an unhealthy view of food and disordered eating.”
Meanwhile, chartered psychologist Catherine Hallissey concurred.
“Like all of us, Kourtney Kardashian is raising her family in the way that she hopes will lead to the best outcomes for her children,” she said. “It’s clear she has strong beliefs regarding nutrition, health and wellbeing that she wants to pass on to her children.
“While it may be perfectly appropriate to tell a three year old what they can and can’t eat, it becomes less appropriate as they get older.
“Anyone who has been a teenager knows that rigid rules imposed by parents tend to be the ones you want to rebel against. Instead, I advise parents to let go of rigid rules regarding things like food and clothing and instead take a collaborative approach.
“Foster their independence by listening to them, taking their views on board, supporting them to take all available information so that they can make the right decision.”
Twisted has reached out to Kourtney’s reps for comment.