25-year-old Sport’s Illustrated model and former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb has endured a storm of hate after posting a photo to her Instagram account.
She was immediately met with backlash as a slew of users began commenting on her weight. Comments like “anorexic,” “someone please give her a sandwich,” and “have a donut, make that a dozen” flooded her feed.
The harsh words resonated with the model, and she responded with this post:
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To all of you who think I need to gain weight or eat more, I eat just fine. I am 5'11 so I have a lot more places to put my calories. I eat crap most of the time anyways. And to all the middle-aged women who like to leave mean comments on my page about my body, you can gladly skip my page and go somewhere else. I am tall, I eat just fine and also suffer from thyroid problems so don't make fun of me or my body when you probably have problems of your own. I rarely react to this kind of stuff, but this really bothers me.
Now that you have the facts, I would like to share my opinion. I’m proud of Katherine and her stand against the backlash. Hateful words, whether toward a heavy or skinny person, are hurtful and wrong; period. In today’s world, we are thrown so many opposing viewpoints and it’s difficult to find middle ground. Comments like the ones above are damaging and useless. There’s nothing constructive about calling someone “too fat” or “too thin.”
I’ve shared my point of view, but do my thoughts follow the popular opinion? It seems that we fight this weight hate all too often – remember the Victoria’s Secret debacle? So, what’s the answer?
Vanessa Rao | CW44 Tampa Bay