How One Hashtag Raised Awareness Against Body Shaming

May 30, 2017

There are so many people with insecurities about their body that haunt them every day.  Imagine how painful and humiliating it must be for them to be constantly body shamed by their loved ones.

Sally Bergesen, CEO of sportswear company Oiselle, knows how they feel like, and she decided to share her own experience on social media. “‘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”, she said on Twitter. The hashtag #TheySaid quickly went viral, and many people started to share their stories all over the web.

One Twitter user shared: “‘Not everyone can be effortlessly skinny like you.’ - Many people, to me, while I silently suffered from a severe eating disorder #theysaid”. Another one said “‘Why do you keep your old prom dress? You can't fit in it.’ -mom (my prom dress was literally THE first dress I felt PRETTY in)”.

By spreading this hashtag, people are raising awareness against body shaming. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, no matter what size they are.


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