Body shaming is still alive and well in society, whether it's in the Instagram comment section or among a peer group.
For many people, body shaming is something they deal with everyday, and the very first time anyone made a comment about their bodies was memorable.
"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
— Sally Bergesen (@oiselle_sally) May 25, 2017
The founder and CEO of sportswear company Oiselle Sally Bergesen took to Twitter to ask women to share that first comment on Twitter to shed light on the issue.
Hundreds of women took to the hashtag #TheySaid after Sally shared her own experience of being called a 'butterball' as a child.
Women from all walks of life and of all shapes and sizes shared their experiences, proving not only that body shaming is a regular occurrence, but that it effects women of all sizes.
Many of the experiences were completely heartbreaking:
— Joni DuPre RN (@jcdupre11) May 30, 2017
— Sarah Coombs (@sarahdcoombs) May 29, 2017
— Tara (@runningreading1) May 25, 2017
— Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) May 26, 2017
@oiselle_sally (me eating ice cream sandwich) "why don't you just tape that to your thigh"
— Christine Bowen (@ChristineBowen8) May 25, 2017
— Krysta (@ktaninpdx) May 25, 2017
— Mary (@runrunmary) May 25, 2017
— Heather Mayer Irvine (@RunsOnFuel) May 25, 2017
The comments were made by family, co-workers and even college professors.
The hashtag aimed to create a narrative around body shaming, and women from around the world are still contributing.