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People Are Sharing Their Body-Shaming Stories On Twitter, And It's So Important

Sally Beresen, founder and CEO of athletic-wear brand Oiselle, began the thread using the hashtag #TheySaid, and it's both incredibly relatable and extremely sad.

Comments on men and women's bodies—even well-meaning ones—tend to be so deeply engrained in the conversations in our society, that sometimes they're hardly even noticeable anymore. However, even the most well-intentioned statements can linger in a person's memory years after they are uttered, and Sally Bergesen, founder and CEO of athletic-wear brand Oiselle, is bringing attention to the topic of body-shaming.

Bergesen took to Twitter last week to encourage others to use the hashtag #TheySaid to share stories about times they have been body-shamed.

She started the thread with her own experience at 12-years-old when her dad commented, "Keep eating like that and you're going to be a butterball." It didn't take long after that original tweet to get an emotional and enlightening conversation started.










The thread touched a lot of people and brought a lot of realization to how much we focus on appearance.




And while we love that Sally is initiating such an important conversation, it's significant to note that her company Oiselle's largest size is a 12, and one user confronted her on this contradicting issue.

Sally heard her out, and proceeded to engage in a thoughtful conversation with the concerned user.


Because of its deep roots and many contributing factors, body-shaming will probably never be completely eliminated. However, with people like Sally continuing to push these conversations and bring attention to such truly life-changing topics, we can make strides in beginning to rid it from our individual interactions and communities.

Don't be afraid to respectfully call someone out the next time they take it upon themselves to comment on yours or a friend's body. Awareness, like Sally's thread, can bring huge changes!

Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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