Social media users are recalling their experiences with body shaming — both recent and from childhood — by using the hashtag #TheySaid in an attempt to highlight the long-lasting impact of those hurtful comments.
In one tweet, a user recalled being body shamed by her father when she was 12 years old: “Keep eating like that and you’re going to be a butterball,” she quoted, using the hashtag #TheySaid.
Hundreds have used the opportunity to speak out against body shaming.
“We need to change the way we speak to one another and to ourselves,” one Twitter user wrote in a post. “Your weight does not determine your value as a human being. #TheySaid.”
” ‘You have such a pretty face. It’s a pity you’re so fat. No man will ever marry you.’ My Mother to me circa age 12 #TheySaid,” another user tweeted on Thursday.
Meanwhile, another tweeter lamented being told “You might actually be pretty if you had boobs and a butt” and “Eat some cake twig.”
Campaigns for body positivity are often expressed through social media. Earlier this month, blogger and mental health advocate Kate Speer made headlines with an Instagram video of herself doing a “jiggle for joy” to celebrate her shape.
“So many people have said I look too thin in my recent episodes of #WHATSMYSNACK,” he wrote on Instagram. “Some have gone as far as to say I look ‘skeletal.’ Well, just because I am a male doesn’t mean I’m impervious to your whispers. Body shaming hurts.”
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Along with the moving stories came messages of hope and encouragement.
One person tweeted: “#Theysaid people body shame for having curves or having none. We’ll never win listening to social cues. Just be and love yourselves.”