Brave women are fighting back against years of fat shaming by using the social media hashtag #FatSideStories to share some of their most heartbreaking stories of abuse.
As a 2014 study from University College London concluded, fat shaming is an extremely ineffective way to help obese people lose weight. In actuality, weight discrimination can result in increased vulnerability to depression and other mental illnesses.
"I think it's important for people to see an unfiltered view of what fat people's experiences are like, from our viewpoints," Ali Thompson, a co-founder of the hashtag, wrote to ATTN. "It's important for fat people to know they aren't alone and for thin people to really SEE us — not just how we are seen through a media lens that is almost often very biased and dehumanizing."
Here are 15 #FatSideStories tweets that reveal these women's experiences with honesty and authenticity: