Sally Bergensen is the CEO of Oiselle, a Seattle-based athletic apparel company by women, for women. She recently took to Twitter to share a body-shaming story from her childhood that, despite taking place when she was just twelve, is clearly something she's never forgotten.


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"Keep eating like that and you're going to be a butterball," her father had said to her, and now she's encouraging other women to share their experiences of being body-shamed by using the hashtag #TheySaid. And as you can see below, many women were quick to come forward with their own stories of friends, family, and sometimes total strangers making hurtful comments about their shape, size, or weight. The hashtag has even spawned a sister hastag called #SheReplied, which people are using to share ways to respond to the next person who says something unpleasant about them. Scroll down to see some of the responses so far.

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Laury M. 1 month ago

And then they wonder why 14-year-old girls get stuck with eating disorders before they're even full grown.

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Stille20 1 month ago

Ugh, I'm so sorry. I have when people think saying you lost weight is a compliment. It doesn't take into account why the weight loss has happened. Also, it's none of your business what my scale says.

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Leigh Kelly 1 month ago

You go girl !!

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Hans 1 month ago

Such coaches should loose the job. I remember also a school sports teacher who would exclude a boy from ball games because he was too fat. Way to make sure people will not find fun in sports!

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Hans 1 month ago

Wow...someone should loose his or her approbation.

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Sierra Hall 1 month ago

Keep it up! People are ridiculous. They should never shame someone for trying to be active and healthy!

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ItsPam Duh 1 month ago

I'm so sorry. I am on antidepressants that have caused weight gain and I have experienced such negative feed back. People can be cruel.

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Lara B. 1 month ago

Body shaming from a different perspective. After a nasty break-up in December i started suffering from depression and just stopped eating. I was down to 44kg in no time and people kept telling me how awful i looked. I knew that it looked terrible, but no need to keep f*cking telling me that all the time. That really hurts. Now I am getting better each day :)

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Mimis Nachbarin 1 month ago

Since when do boys not want fat girls?!? Maybe not all of them, but still a lot of them. Your mom would be surprised...

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Marceline 1 month ago

Looking beautiful with a swimsuit doesn't have to do with a girls/womans weight or body shape! It has to do with self-confidence, and feeling comfortable for who you are! You look amazingly beautiful!! P.S.:Great choise of swimsuit!

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