Sia Cooper Shared an Important Reminder About Weight Fluctuation
The fitness influencer opened up about gaining weight shortly before she had her breast implants removed last year.
After experiencing a decade of unexplained, autoimmune disease-like symptoms, fitness influencer Sia Cooper had her breast implants removed in 2018. (Read more about her experience here: Is Breast Implant Illness Real?)
In the months leading up to her explant surgery, Cooper's health deteriorated significantly. Along with experiencing extreme fatigue, hair loss, and depression, she also gained weight, which left her feeling "ashamed," she recently shared on Instagram.
"Being in the public eye didn't make this easier as I had numerous comments pointing out my obvious weight gain," Cooper wrote. "Some even told me that I should change my handle to 'diaryofafatmommy.' People thought that I had just let myself go and I was treated that as a personal trainer, I shouldn't have been allowed to do that."
Most people didn't know Cooper was "very sick at the time" of the "before" photo, she explained. "...shortly after the 'before' photo was taken, I had major surgery to remove my implants and then my journey back to health began," she wrote. (ICYMI, there is hard evidence that breast implants are directly related to a rare form of blood cancer.)
Despite feeling unnerved by the barrage of negative comments, Cooper shared her story with her followers to let them know that weight gain is completely natural and normal, regardless of where you are in your fitness journey. "It's hard and quite unrealistic to stay at a constant weight 24/7," she wrote. "Life happens, guys."
Cooper also wants her followers to "stop and take a second to think about why someone might have lost or gained weight" before commenting on someone's body. "To that person whom you say 'you've lost weight!' to, she may be battling cancer or another illness... or perhaps they are grieving over the death of a loved one. To that person whom you might have noticed 'let themselves go,' possibly they're going through a divorce or have a hormonal health issue that they have no control over," she wrote. (See: Why Body-Shaming Is Such a Big Problem and What You Can Do to Stop It)
Today, Cooper feels "better than I ever have before," all because she listened to and addressed her body's needs. "A lot of things have changed: I ditched alcohol, I removed my implants which I felt were making me ill (all of my symptoms disappeared), I started yoga, I changed my anti-depressant, and I found my motivation once again," she explained.
But Cooper's main point is that weight fluctuation is a part of everyone's journey, meaning there's no shame in it. "Just because I'm a certified personal trainer doesn't mean I'm immune to weight fluctuation," she wrote. "I'm human. My body isn't perfect and it will always be a journey, a work in progress. I'm ok with that."
At the end of the day, there's no way to know what someone is going through, and commenting on someone's body is never okay. "We put so much value and emphasis on weight and appearance when the true value is in your health and how you FEEL," Cooper wrote. "Words carry a lot of weight so be careful and choose your words wisely."
We couldn't agree more.