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.

"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. 2 years 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 2 years 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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Brigitte 2 years ago

The worst body-shaming comments come from relatives; they feel like it's ok because they're family.

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Hans 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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Sierra Hall 2 years 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 2 years 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. 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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sosunlight 2 years ago

That's so sad :(

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jo_shortland 2 years ago

Disgusting

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Mae_Day_All_Day 2 years ago

Stupid dad.

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Anastasia B 2 years ago

Same thing happened to me... I was 15 and it was my aunt. I never wanted to be a model anyway but why say such a mean thing?

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GlassOfWater 2 years ago

So sad. Why would you say that as a parent??

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Aunt Messy 2 years ago

I get that nonsense from time to time. Guess what? I'm 54. I plan on doing whatever I want for the rest of my life and I need muscle and bone mass to do it.

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Stille20 2 years ago

and that was the last time Nan came over for dinner... I hope

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Flora Polvado 2 years ago

"No, I'm just hear to eat the jerks she doesn't like". Ass

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Wombat34 2 years ago

Omg!

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Abbs0345 2 years ago

Success is the best revenge!! Well done you!!!

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Pol Macqueron 2 years ago

It makes no sense: at 13 yo, she's responsible for you and moreover she's supposed to be supporting you and love you no matter what

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2 years ago

Why is grandma so mean??

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Lara B. 2 years ago

I can't believe how horrible some moms are!! Reading these posts makes me really angry and sad. Love my mom more than ever after seeing this...

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Flora Polvado 2 years ago

Honestly, I would kind of expect this from a thoughtless jerk of a teen sibling, it's the parents that make me see red!

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Rhân 2 years ago

Yeah, some doctors should change their job. I really don't get it. Okay, if someone really has an unhealthy body, especially as a doctor you should be honest and help your patient. But this argumentation makes no sense and is just rude. Also if mental issues aren't your field of work, you should be careful with words. (Not only because weight gain could be a side effect of depression)

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Laury M. 2 years ago

We really need to do away with Western-based beauty standards.

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Valentina 2 years ago

"ex" it the key word here. Getting rid of toxic people in one's environment is the best way "to loose weight"

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M O'Connell 2 years ago

I knew a girl in college who was a power-lifter. If you didn't know that, an asshole would assume she was overweight. I think she was about 240lbs of muscle.

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Marceline 2 years ago

And that's how many girls and women get anorectic!

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Laury M. 2 years ago

I understand how much it must have hurt, but then she probably dodged a bullet.

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Lakia Hawkins 2 years ago

OMG sooo sad, reminds me of when I was 13 and my friend told me guys that date fat girls only date them for 1 thing...yes and she was supposed to be my best friend, funny thing was I wasn't even fat at the time as I look back at pics I looked great, sometime a persons motives can be jealousy as well.

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Lakia Hawkins 2 years ago

That has to be the most horrible thing someone could say to their child :-(

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Sherlock Holmes 2 years ago

A three year old?? A three year old NEEDS some chub - they're growing very quickly! A skinny toddler is a sick toddler most of the time!

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Mimis Nachbarin 2 years ago

Mom and Granma are sooo wrong. A hell lot of men love big girls.

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Yasmin Piontek 2 years ago

Why would he look at 10 y/o girls' thighs in soccer shorts, huh? But srsly, such a jerk

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Laury M. 2 years ago

It's horrifying that pregnant women get body-shamed. SHE'S GROWING A HUMAN BEING.

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Amy Green 2 years ago

Aaaaarrrrgh!!

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Sarah Bevan 2 years ago

Such a shame you stopped going to your behavior classes.

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jo_shortland 2 years ago

I could never out on weight before I had my daughter and used to get a lot of comments too which are very hurtful "you are too bony" "Ooo careful you might snap a leg" but it's not your fault

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Leoninus Fate 2 years ago

this is so sad, My brother does this to our sister, she has the same problems but diff background as me, our brother lost tons of weight after getting all his med problems fixed, we haven't, our sister has the opposite of me {im under, she's over} and our brother calls her whale, bakery, fat, chub chub, and other words, she's 28 and 200 pounds, he is 24 and weighs 160 pounds with me at 29 at 120 pounds, our brother even got on tv for losing his wight.....{i guess pm or message me if you want that link}

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Lakia Hawkins 2 years ago

what an ass!

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Mimis Nachbarin 2 years ago

I am sorry, but this is the most idiotic, wrong, mean and simply absurdest thing I ever heard a mother saying to her daughter. Seriously.

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Kim Lorton 2 years ago

So, like someone pointed out so accurately above this post, they are supposed to be taking care of you! So, if they think this, and all those other nasty thoughts, why not say these things instead... let's all take a walk after dinner, it's such a nice night! Hey let's go to the beach and play frisbee before the sunset! You know, daughter, I've put on some weight. I think I need a walk, would you take one with me and keep me company? We could walk the dog together, how about that?

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Wombat34 2 years ago

What's she supposed to do about her boob size? Anyway, this is horseshit. No guys care about boob size. They're all good!

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Bag Of Donuts 2 years ago

I know this one. The sister of my ex boyfriend told him I looked better when I've been a bit skinnier and with Make up.

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Queen Bee 2 years ago

It is so awful how people are treating such young kids : (

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Laury M. 2 years ago

That should be something to be proud of, though. From the use pic it seems that she enjoys running? Having the calves of a demi-god is a plus.

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Laury M. 2 years ago

We are not decorations for other people's visual enjoyment.

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Lakia Hawkins 2 years ago

:-( I'm sorry but Mom is a real moron

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Kim Lorton 2 years ago

Good for you! That's an intense workout and takes stamina and strength!

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Victor Vakaras 2 years ago

Foot size? wtf. What a weird thing to insult. "Thanks! I'll work on reducing the size of my feet!"

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Laury M. 2 years ago

That's metabolism, which is not necessarily passed in genes. Chances are, an adult woman under 100lbs might have trouble conceiving at all.

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Smoofy 2 years ago

I've had this problem. I remember my grandma used to make comments on how small I was, call me "skinny butt". I hated it. Still do.

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ChellyMabelle 2 years ago

We had pizza for dinner during holidays. I wanted another piece. "Are you fat pig going to eat another one? I guess you're not" My Dad, I was 12. #TheySaid

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Manuela Simon 2 years ago

My great-grandma (visiting us once in 5 years) to me, 9 years old in a nice-meant voice "Oh, you have quite "ladylike" big thighs!" This was the first time someone commented on my body the way that I thought "I am obviously not right the way I am". It was nice meant, really, but it was like "you are fat and disgusting" and many people continued to say such "nice" stuff to me until I became what they formed me. And now I have to work hard to get rid of this useless ballast (the overweight as well as the bad sentences in my head and my bad self-perception). Why can´t people just be a little bit nicer to each other?

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Lakia Hawkins 2 years ago

I will share the same thing I shared on the with the other girl who's friend was a bitch. This reminds me of when I was 13 and my friend told me guys that date fat girls only date them for 1 thing...yes and she was supposed to be my best friend, funny thing was I wasn't even fat at the time as I look back at pics I looked great, sometime a persons motives can be jealousy as well.

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Melissa Apple 2 years ago

😥

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Melissa Apple 2 years ago

What a bitch

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Lakia Hawkins 2 years ago

I had an aunt who used to say this to me when I was a kid, but she called most people fat so I paid her no mind, she was just a bitter lady

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Well Hello There 10 months ago

F*ck them, you're beautiful.

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Olga Śmiełowska 2 years ago

How is that body shaming? How could they know you have problems with eating?

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floating_delight 2 years ago

My heart goes out to you. I am a fat woman (and just to make this clear, I AM fat and I AM confident in myself and my body and since I defeated anorexia, I actually kinda LIKE being fat), married to a lean, tall, skinny guy. When I met him years ago, he went through terrible depression and he was sickly skinny, starved and malnourished. With help and thanks to his insatiable appetite, I managed to put a few kilos on him, now he's just "normal" skinny, but healthy-looking. He's eating insane amounts, he just has awesome metabolism, unlike me, and it breaks my heart that he now honestly think he's fat and he's trying to restrict himself and lose weight. I spend time every day to tell him that he is beautiful and that even is he did become fat, I'd still find him a total hottie as long as I see him happy and confident in himself, because body-shaming is a terrible thing that has nothing to do with one's gender.

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Kim Lorton 2 years ago

Put gramma in the back of the church, and after the wedding ask her, could you see ok gramma? I know your eyesight is bad!

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Laury M. 2 years ago

The only appropriate situation this could be said in would be if she had very heavy breasts that were causing her back problems.

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Kim Lorton 2 years ago

And if your di** were bigger, you'd look like a real man!

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Bambi 2 years ago

I like big butts and I cannot lie.. #YouRockGirl

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Well Hello There 10 months ago

6 year olds don't know what crash diets are...Do they?

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Ashley Charboneau 2 years ago

"So sad to hear about that foot the couldn't remove from your mouth" lol

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Motomotolikesyou 5 months ago

That isn't mean...just normal...

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Hoparduc Snowpanther 2 years ago

that is horrible going to a party for fun and ending up being fatshamed it starts with the same letter but still people you can hurt others feelings also why are people judging when the person they judge looks like Aphrodite compared to them?

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ADHORTATOR 2 years ago

"Ex-mother -in-law...."

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Hoparduc Snowpanther 2 years ago

why didn't you knock him out? A simple uppercut and that bitch learns his lesson

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Laury M. 2 years ago

Because women's appearance usually trumps their achievements in just about any sphere of life.

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Laury M. 2 years ago

The people who comment on your looks negatively will never be satisfied.

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Silent Skeleton 1 year ago

My parents do this all the time. Even when I got a small plate on purpose, and only got about an eighth of a regular serving of dinner... it honestly feels horrible

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Lisamarie Dexter Pocza 2 years ago

I have a huge hernia on my belly. I get asked all the time. I'm 48

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