"NO, I will not be strapping myself into a girdle because you don’t like my belly," she wrote.

By Faith Brar
October 17, 2019
Credit: Instagram/@tvalwx

Body-shaming trolls have struck again. Their latest target? Tracy Hinson, a meteorologist for KSDK News in St. Louis, Missouri.

The newscaster recently took to social media to share a vile fat-shaming message she received from a viewer named Mary.

"Do you ever watch yourself giving the weather report?" Mary allegedly wrote to Hinson. "Seems that you need a girdle for the stomach overhang which shortens the front of your dresses!"

As if that wasn't bad enough, the troll added that this wasn't the first time she'd noticed this and encouraged Hinson to, "wear a top that covers the bulge in [her] stomach." (Related: Fat-Shaming Could Be Destroying Your Body)

Hinson didn't let the comment slide, though. Instead, she countered it with an epic clap-back: "Dear Mary, yes I do watch my airchecks," Hinson tweeted. "NO, I will not be strapping myself into a girdle because you don't like my belly. I like pasta, bread, and cheese too much to obsess over my weight. I like my body and that's all that really matters."

Within days, Hinson's tweet has racked up over 21,000 likes, and she's received an outpouring of support from people around the country.

"Just saw your story on Today this morning and I'd like to applaud you on your response and confidence in yourself," one user commented on Hinson's Instagram post about the troll. "You've gained a new follower who is also a fan of the fantastic triumvirate of pasta, bread, and cheese!"

"You are beautiful," added another commenter. "I just read your story and started following. Way to stand up for yourself and every other woman who's afraid to. People need to stop body-shaming and instead try loving one another. So much hate out there."

Sadly, many people feel like they have a right to comment on others' bodies, even though it's absolutely none of their business. Hinson is far from the first woman to be subjected to these types of judgments—and likely won't be the last. Body-shaming is a huge problem, and trolls have come for just about everyone without any discrimination whatsoever. Think about the time body-positive activist Jacqueline Adan was fat-shamed for wearing a swimsuit, or when Tess Holliday literally boycotted Uber after a driver questioned whether she was healthy because of her size. Just a couple years ago, personal trainer, Kirstin Dragasakis was shamed for being "too fit." More recently, Kayla Itsines was criticized for having "perfect abs" a couple of months after giving birth to her daughter, Arna Leia.

As disheartening as it may seem, the list goes on and on. But what's really upsetting is that body-shaming doesn't just affect people emotionally; it's also been linked to a higher risk of death, according to a recent study published in Psychological Science.

On the bright side, it's wonderful to watch women like Hinson stand up to these trolls—and continue to share her love of all things pasta, bread, and cheese.


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