Abby Durlewanger (@HouseofKeto) prepares a keto lunch for her 11 year old daughter.

@HouseofKeto/TikTok

TikTok influencer’s keto lunch for her 11-year-old receives backlash

'Not sure kids should be on this.'

 

Tricia Crimmins

Internet Culture

Published Jun 30, 2021   Updated Jun 30, 2021, 2:27 pm CDT

“My 11-year-old daughter is keto,” says House of Keto influencer Abby Durlewanger in a TikTok video posted in June. The video shows viewers what Durlewanger packs her daughter for lunch.

Featured Video Hide

The meal consisted of a lettuce wrap, berries, watermelon—which Durlewanger says will be a “nice surprise” because it has more “carbs and sugar” than the family normally eats—a hard-boiled egg and two slices of cheddar cheese.

Advertisement Hide

“Our entire family eats this way,” says Durlewanger, “including our 5-year-old, our puppies, and my husband.”

According to Harvard Health Publishing from Harvard Medical School, the keto diet is a low-carb diet that “centers on fat, which supplies as much as 90% of daily calories.” Durlewanger’s lunchbox seems to follow the typical guidelines of keto: fruits and vegetables are restricted to berries and leafy greens.

Advertisement Hide

“This is for weight loss purposes,” says TikTok user @Rutherfordsistaz in a comment on Durlewanger’s video. “Not sure kids should be on this, actually I am sure they shouldn’t be.”

Durlewanger responded with a video, stating that “it is entirely possible to be keto and lose absolutely no weight.” She claims that those on the keto diet can gain weight, or even maintain their weight.

Dietician Kathy McManus from the Department of Nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston told Harvard Health Publishing that a ketogenic diet is “primarily used to help reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures in children.”

She also said that although people use the diet for weight loss, “We don’t know if it works in the long term, nor whether it’s safe.” Other risks associated with keto include nutrient deficiency as well as liver and kidney problems.

Advertisement Hide

With the exception of a comment from TikTok user @Heather_May that states that viewers “would be mad” if Durlewanger fed her children “lunchable and junk,” many of the top comments on Durlewanger’s video question why an 11-year-old is on the keto diet in the first place. One viewer even threatened to call CPS.

Durlewanger also makes claims about the keto diet on her Instagram account.

In a recent post, she reassured her followers that those with “little or no access to food” don’t gain weight.

Advertisement Hide

“If you’re not losing weight, you’re eating more than you should be,” she said.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Abby Durlewanger.


Today’s top stories

‘DoorDasher explains how tipping can impact delivery time in viral TikTok, viewers had no idea
Video: Woman catches her landlord sneaking into her room, smelling her bedding while she’s away
Woman’s ‘side dude’ and boyfriend both show up to her birthday dinner as waiters serenade her in awkward TikTok
Sign up to receive the Daily Dot’s Internet Insider newsletter for urgent news from the frontline of online.

H/T Mirror

Share this article
*First Published: Jun 30, 2021, 2:05 pm CDT