These tweets are proving that women of all sizes deal with body-shaming.

By Faith Brar
Updated: March 05, 2018

Right at the heels of Aly Raisman speaking out against body shaming on Twitter, a new hashtag is encouraging people to share the first time they heard something negative about their bodies. Sally Bergesen, founder and CEO of a sportswear company called Oiselle, started the trend by sharing a story of her own using the hashtag #theysaid.

"'Keep eating like that and you're going to be a butterball.' My Dad when I was 12," she said. "Pls RT and share a body shaming comment."

Bergesen was hoping to start a conversation about how traumatizing and humiliating body-shaming can be, but she had no idea how quickly the hashtag would take off.

Twitter users across the country began sharing their own #theysaid stories-opening up about the first time they were criticized for their size, shape, diet, lifestyle, and more.

The tweets proved how body-shaming doesn't discriminate and that one hurtful comment can stick with you for a lifetime. (It's no wonder 30 million Americans suffer from eating disorders.)

Several people were grateful that the hashtag provided a platform to share these kinds of stories-letting them know that they're not alone.

Bergesen has since followed up on all the tweets, advising people on how to respond to these body-shaming comments. "What replies can we arm our girls with?" she wrote. "I'll start: 'Actually, all bodies are different and I'm just right for me,'" she tweeted. As an alternative, Bergesen suggested: "'Thanks for objectifying me, a–hole.'"



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