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 a twelve-year-old teenage girl, 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 image 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 body type, size, or being way off the line of beauty standards. The hashtag has even spawned a sister hashtag called #SheReplied, which people are using to share ways to respond to the next person who says something unpleasant about the female body. Scroll down to see some of the responses to uncalled for public shaming so far.

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Laury M.
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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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Haunting Spirit
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3 years ago

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According to the marks on your skin you've gained weight fast. Still, if you are happy with yourself and your boyfriend is also then there is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Hans
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

NellyWish
Community Member
3 years ago

I know. I really, REALLY hope this !@#$%^&* got in trouble

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
3 years ago

That is NOT what a doctor should be saying

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
3 years ago

What? This is a doctor? Doesn't he know the physical and psychological damage bulimia does? He is an awful, sick man.

Marceline
Community Member
3 years ago

U N B E L I E V A B L E !!! How can a doctor support something like this?

Lakia Hawkins
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG wow, he would no longer be a doctor giving out those types of comments, not to my daughter he wouldn't

Manuela Simon
Community Member
3 years ago

WTF?!?!

Adriana E. Henricy
Community Member
3 years ago

goodbye license

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm calling shenanigans. I very highly doubt an MD said that.

Tallulah
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow. That's great advice

Tallulah
Community Member
3 years ago

I bet it's really fun to throw up

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Jill Bussey
Community Member
4 months ago

I find it so hard to believe this is still happening; it's appalling.

Zoe Waikoel
Community Member
2 years ago

“Give me attention on Twitter” #SheSaid As she tweeted a story of something that never actually happened.

Zoe Waikoel
Community Member
2 years ago

This didn't actually happen. “Give me attention” #SheSaid

Silent Skeleton
Community Member
3 years ago

NO OKAY THIS DOCTOR SHOULDNT BE ONE

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
3 years ago

WHAT.

lazy panda
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope you reported this piece of garbage. I am so sorry this happened to you.

Debra Starr Moon
Community Member
3 years ago

You need to report him to the medical board before he tells this to anyone else! That's clear malpractice.

İdil
Community Member
3 years ago

His/her medical license should be cancelled!

Mascha Claessens
Community Member
3 years ago

Holy shit. People like him shouldn't be doctor. Disgusting.

Mary Kavanagh
Community Member
3 years ago

Jaw dropping!

Yunyann See
Community Member
3 years ago

Hur?? should he be concern of food poisoning ?? OMG, i hope he lose his job.

rachel smith
Community Member
3 years ago

This week on things that diddnt really happen

Kiki Castro
Community Member
3 years ago

A girl I know (who's natural body weight was too low ~ 100 lbs) went to the doctor to help her GAIN weight. Doctor told her : a lot of girls would be jealous of you.

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

That's awesome! You go girl!!!

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ItsPam Duh
Community Member
3 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.
Community Member
3 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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Iris Omri-Engler
Community Member
3 years ago

That is terrible and ridiculous as well. Fortunately some men have still other skills than only weight plus I know still enough like it when a woman has some more to cuddle with

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Kate
Community Member
3 years ago

You look beautiful

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sosunlight
Community Member
3 years ago

That's so sad :(

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jo_shortland
Community Member
3 years ago

Disgusting

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Thanks for the genes, dad.

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Anastasia B
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Flora Polvado
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Wombat34
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg!

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Abbs0345
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Pol Macqueron
Community Member
3 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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Community Member
3 years ago

Why is grandma so mean??

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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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Leoninus Fate
Community Member
3 years ago

they say this for everything, cut me 14 years old, 3 years after getting my face messed up and scar-ed up from my stepmom, I was 6'9 and 102 {100?} pounds "You need to lose weight, you will feel happier than" yeah....... no, turned out I had Pseudo Tumor Celebi, depression, and other problems

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Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

That's so bizarre. You wouldn't look like you anymore.

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Valentina
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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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Leoninus Fate
Community Member
3 years ago

such a bad thing, starving yourself can actually lead to weight gain, your body tries to bulk up thinking there's no food and puts you in a hibernation-like a thing with fat,

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Laury M.
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Lakia Hawkins
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Community Member
3 years ago

>_< Everyone is so mean

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Salma Abidi
Community Member
3 years ago

:(

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Laury M.
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Amy Green
Community Member
3 years ago

Aaaaarrrrgh!!

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Sarah Bevan
Community Member
3 years ago

Such a shame you stopped going to your behavior classes.

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Zori the degu
Community Member
3 years ago

No wonder there are so many anorexic girls! Who's giving such idiotic ideas anyway?

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Leoninus Fate
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

what an ass!

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Laury M.
Community Member
3 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.
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Lakia Hawkins
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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jo_shortland
Community Member
3 years ago

Well done

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