With the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Robyn Lawley, and Adele advocating for body positivity, society should be more accommodating to women of all shapes and sizes, right? Apparently, that is far from the truth. There are still so many individuals who choose to spread nothing but negativity and hate in an attempt to bring women down.
The experience of plus-size blogger and body image advocate Megan Jayne Crabbe, known online by her Instagram username @bodyposipanda, embodies that kind of negative thinking. When Crabbe posted a photo comparison of herself, a lot of people were quick to post snark comments about her weight gain.
Plus-Size Blogger is Body-Shamed After Gaining Weight
Becoming a role model for young women does not necessarily mean you conform to the norms. Many actresses, singers, and media personalities have broken the mold and challenged the true meaning of beauty by simply being themselves. The same thing can be said when you become a plus-size blogger as the Internet can be a great arena for women to encourage other women to love their bodies, no matter what size they are.
That message was exactly what Megan Crabbe was going for until she was bombarded with unnecessary comments. It all started when she posted a photo of herself from over two years ago alongside a more recent one on Instagram. She detailed how happy she was to be at her ideal weight and no longer had to struggle with self-image issues.
The reactions were mixed. While many praised the plus-size blogger for her feat, a lot of negative comments were directly made toward her weight. So as a response to all the negativity, Crabbe posted this photo along with an inspiring message below.
“Wait so you just decided to RUIN your body?” Nah, I just stopped torturing myself every day for not fitting an image I was never supposed to be. · “But you look so much healthier to me before.” That’s funny, you looked so much more intelligent to me before you equated health with weight and forgot that mental health is health too. · “You could have stayed the same and loved your body, you didn’t need to get fat.” I could have stayed the same and spiralled back into the eating disorder that almost killed me when I was 15. I could have kept starving myself and obsessively working out for hours everyday but it never would have lead me to self love. No matter how much weight I lost there was always still something to hate. And sure, people don’t NEED to gain weight to find their self love, this is just what my body needed to do to match up to my mental freedom. THIS IS MY HAPPY BODY. · “But surely you can’t be happy looking like that now, I could never be happy in that body.” I didn’t think I could either, but as it turns out, happiness isn’t a size. And I wasted far too many years believing that it was. Now I’m not going to stop letting people know that they deserve happiness exactly as they are. They deserve to live now, not 10 pounds from now. They deserve that mental freedom. So to every person reading this: I hope you get your freedom too, however it might look. I’ll be cheering you on every step of the way. P.s. these are all comments I received on my last before/after picture, luckily for me, they just make me want to keep going even more
The plus-size blogger, who promotes holistic mental and physical well-being, told BuzzFeed that she felt the need to respond to harsh comments. Her photo has since gone viral, with over 100,000 likes and counting.