The Kimkins controversy is heating up to epic proportions all around the net. Check out these wonderful blogs to get the full story.
Why the Fascination with Kimmer?
ALC's Kimkins Debate Thread
Kkatastrophe Diet Blog
I have always had a problem with the Kimmer constantly equating her "diet" with WLS. Sure there are people who have WLS who still get stuck on the whole calorie thing. Too many still believe cutting your calories to the bare minimum is okay. It is still the dumbest thing I have ever heard of and only sets them up for failure later on. I lost my weight quickly too. Never worrying about counting calories. I ate all the time. Every 2 hours at the least. I never kept up with the calories with Fitday or some other program like it. But I can guarantee that I was taking in over 1000 calories a day. The only time I probably wasn't getting in that many calories was very early on like the first few months. But that's not the reason for this post.
I have thought for a long time that the Kimkins followers acted like they were brainwashed. So I did an Internet search on "cult mentality". Here are some things I found. See if you think Kimkins sounds like a cult to you or not.
I don't know about y'all, but having read all the controversy and witnessed the heated exchanges of the leader and her followers with "nonbelievers", Kimkins can definitely be classified as a CULT.
(1) Cult members are “focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.” The leader is a strong-willed, domineering character who rules the group with tight control. He lets it be known in subtle ways that he is “in charge” of the movement. He makes the plans, he orchestrates the movements of the group or groups (sometimes he exercises his sway over several groups). He dispatches the workers, assigns their chores, etc.
Frequently, they even begin to imitate his mannerisms in terms of voice inflection, language patterns, aggressive attitudes, etc. They become “clones” of their esteemed leader. It is not uncommon that the leader knows of weaknesses or past problems of people with his group. Thus, through subtle intimidation and fear he keeps them under his control.
(2) “Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged,” and there can be pressure or social punishment when there is disagreement with the “boss.” Those who disagree are made to feel as though they are stupid or inept. They are brainwashed with the notion that they do not have the knowledge or experience to question the leader.
Younger people are particularly vulnerable to the leader’s “gift of gab,” and his feigned expertise. No matter how radical the leader becomes in his decisions or actions, the cult members will not criticize him. Even if there should be mild disagreement, no specific expressions are voiced. The members reason that though he may be mistaken in some of his judgments, yet the overall good he accomplishes outweighs any minor flaws.
Members are taught to “rationalize” the conduct of the leader in matters they have always “considered unethical before,” under the guise that the “end justifies the means.”
(3) The leader “is preoccupied with [raising] money.” There is always a need for increasing finances. New projects are ever in the planning. Members are strongly encouraged to greatly sacrifice for the leader’s current “pet” enterprise. There is little pressure let-up; members of the group must be kept “revved up” on a continual basis.
The cult leader always takes the major credit for the movement’s accomplishments. Members become psychologically dependent upon him. “What would we ever do without our leader?,” is the cult mentality.
(4) The cult leader generates within his members “a polarized” mentality. His people evolve an “us-versus-them” mentality. Little-by-little he criticizes other groups with which his members might tend to associate, undermining confidence in them, attempting to discredit anyone who could have influence over his “flock.”
Cult members become suspicious; they imbibe the critical disposition. No one is really as “sound” as “we” are. We are an “elitist” group. And so, seeds of isolationism are sown. The movement leader discourages reading any material, examining any ideas that he does not generate. He seeks to control the inflow of knowledge relative to “his group.”
(5) The cult leader has a clearly defined “anti-authoritarian” disposition. Within the context of the church, for instance, he would have an “anti-elder” attitude. Elders would be recipients of constant critical remarks. No cult leader would affiliate himself with a congregation having elders to whom he must be in submission. “Control” could not be maintained in such an environment.
(6) Cult members are seen occasionally to take on a new personality. They begin to act differently. They become increasingly antagonistic to family members and long-time friends. They may even boast that, “I am not the old [name] that you used to know; I am a new person now.” And indeed they are. They have become strangers to those who knew them well. They have been transformed into the image of their leader.
After you have taken the time to learn all the info behind this---then get involved and go sign the online petition. Request for Kimkins Investigation Petition