Girls Are Sharing Stories About Being Body-Shamed on Twitter

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No one should ever be made to feel badly about their bodies. But unfortunately, it’s all too common for someone—even a well-meaning relative or a friend—to make an upsetting comment about the way you look that can linger in your memory for years.

Sally Bergesen, the founder and CEO of athletic-wear brand Oiselle, encouraged people on Twitter to share stories about times they were body-shamed using the hashtag #TheySaid. She tweeted her own experience, when her dad commented, “Keep eating like that and you’re going to be a butterball,” when she was 12.

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“Keep eating like that and you’re going to be a butterball.” My Dad when I was 12. Pls RT and share a body shaming comment. #TheySaid

— Sally Bergesen (@oiselle_sally) May 25, 2017

Soon, girls and women chimed in with their own stories.

#TheySaid “You should wear a girdle.” I was 6 yrs old. Had to ask what a “girdle” was. Then, I understood.?

— Pam Zich ? (@RebelSpeducator) May 29, 2017

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“You’re going to have to lose weight if you want to do fun things at school and be happy.” – Mom, summer before I began jr. high. #TheySaid

— Tara (@runningreading1) May 25, 2017

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