People go to the gym for many different reasons, and not all people who work out have perfect bodies. This was brought to light when Diana Andrews, a British bodybuilder took a photo of the woman on a treadmill and shared it with her 17,000 Instagram followers. Not only did Diana Andrews share a picture she took, but she also added a caption to it, mocking the love handles, and saying that the lady would be off to buy burgers soon.
You would have thought that Andrews would have thought twice before posting her nasty comments, but she was inundated with replies calling her some very unpleasant names.
Ms Andrews must have realised just how hurtful her comments were when she read one comment from Emmy Gilmour (from the Recover Clinic) saying that this was exactly the reason why some people hated to go to gyms to try to better themselves.
“This is a really tragic example of a how society has conditioned women to judge and compare one another,” wrote Emmy. “We’re living in an era where it’s normal to tell women that they’re inadequate, and that they must apologise for how they look.”
“This is a disgraceful act of body shaming that has been posted on social media for thousands to see,” wrote Stacey Venables on Facebook with screenshots of Andrews’s photos. “Someone that is a public figure and should be encouraging the health and well being of other women is actively pulling someone down FOR BEING AT THE GYM!!!!”
Ms Andrews competes in various bodybuilding competitions in the UK, although she is not a paid up member at any gym at the moment. The UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Association said that they would not be getting involved with the incident, but they did in fact tell Ms Andrews off. It is not policy to pass comments about other people’s bodies.
“We are totally against this kind of thing. We have already told her off and she has apologised. It is not very nice,” a UKBFF spokesman said.
Andrews then apologised for her comments and her post was withdrawn. “I realised that I was wrong to make this silly joke. It wasn’t my intention to body shame, hurt or disrespect anyone.”
However, she has since attempted to clarify her actions by claiming ‘the whole point of that video was that she was using her phone on the treadmill’. She said: “The whole story was turned upside down by taking a screenshot and adding comments that I’m body shaming this woman. I would never do this it’s not who I am.”
A similar incident happened recently where a Playboy model Dani Mathers posted a picture on her social media platform of an elderly lady taking a shower in the gym. The picture also had a very nasty comment attached to it. Since then, Mathers has been charged with a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy. Should she be convicted she could face a sentence of up to six months and a fine of $1000.
Source: Daily Mail