Tori Spelling’s son Liam said goodbye to elementary school and 6th grade and the young boy is making the challenging social passage to middle school.

During this time, young people often struggle with insecurities & self-doubt, so when Liam asked his parents if he was obese after reading online comments, it caused some serious concerns in his household.

As reported by Good Morning America, in the latest episode of Dean McDermott’s “Daddy Issues” podcast, the celebrity dad revealed that he hates social media after seeing how negative comments and body shaming have affected his 12-year-old son.

As previously reported by Dearly, commenters criticized Tori Spelling and McDermott’s kids for their weight and how they dress after Spelling shared photos of them on Instagram.

Unfortunately, their 12-year-old son has seen the comments for himself. McDermott said:

“I hate social media — I hate it, I hate it, I hate it! It’s a necessary evil [for people who work in the public eye].”

He explained:

“The kids got bullied for their clothes they were wearing on the first day of school. Tori posted some picture of the kids’ first day of school, and they’re like, ‘Oh my god, look at their hair,’ ‘Oh my god, are those clothes from Target?’ And I’m like, what the f—? It’s so L.A.”

In general, it is not helpful when a young person faces shaming amongst peers, but online criticism only adds to children feeling insecure and emotionally vulnerable. McDermott said:

“Liam picked it up, and that’s when I really went ballistic, because it’s like, you know, it’s gonna happen.”

The actor continued:

“He said, ‘Dad, am I obese?’ I said, ‘Look buddy — there’s some sick people in the world … and they need to do stuff like this. They need to say bad things about people.'”

He then explained how his son should handle mean-spirited comments.

McDermott told the boy to not stress over those who have nothing better to do than leave hateful responses on their photos.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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6 Replies to “Tori’s Spelling’s 12-Year-Old Son Asks if He’s ‘Obese’ After Reading Hurtful Comments About Him Online”

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  • Xyla 1 year ago

    It is sad how bullying has so bad and no one seems to do anything about it. “No, Liam, you are not obese. Don’t let the ignorant comments of others concern you. You should be happy with all you have accomplished. You are a handsome young man and it sounds like you will go far. Jealousy is the number 1 reason for bullying.

  • Satinya Dale 1 year ago

    No, Liam is not obese! He’s a normal-looking kid and he should be allowed to grow up without any criticisms on his appearance from the public. His weight or appearance is none of your business. You are not God! And, I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that there isn’t one person, who leaves these hateful comments for this child to read, that is perfect! so, go look in the mirror and take your own inventory starting with your heart, manners, and compassion.

  • Terri 1 year ago

    That is the issue with this world today. Everyone thinks they have the “right” to say nasty things to people including children and teens. Liam will have the last laugh once he gets through puberty and gets tall. It happens to everyone. My mantra? If you have nothing nice to say, keep your cake hole shut!

  • Debra Johnson 1 year ago

    You have a beautiful family!! I wish everyone would just mind their own business.

  • Karen 1 year ago

    When I was 12 I would probably have been described as “obese” Thank goodness my parents were smart enough to leave it alone. From age 12 to 13 I grew 6 inches (guess girls can go through that too) and was at the same weight tall and slender. Now, if at 16 or 17 he has a weight problem, perhaps he could be encouraged to move more and eat healthy but not shamed.

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