Repeat after us: Size is not an indicator of health. Even if it were, it’s not up to the internet to decide how someone should look. But when someone did exactly that by attempting to denigrate Candace Cameron Bure’s looks in the comments section of a photo she posted on her Instagram, she made sure to shut them down for their hateful, body-shaming words.
On April 14, Bure posted a photo that showed herself and her oldest son, Lev Bure, posing together during a night out. It’s a very cute photo: just a mother and her son going out to dinner and then commemorating the evening with a sweet snap. But rather than enjoy the photo along with all her other followers, one user wrote, “All that excercising [sic] and you still look like you weigh more than your husband, did you change your diet?”
According to People (who preserved the exchange in their report), the @commentsbycelebs Instagram account grabbed a screenshot of exchange, which featured both this barbed comment and Bure’s elegant response: “If a 25-inch waist looks big to you…then you’re looking through an altered lens. Be well.”
It’s a great response, especially considering how honest Bure’s been about her past relationships to her body and to food. This new comment didn’t seem to shake her one bit, but it only shows how far she’s come. Bure revealed in a 2016 interview with People that she began struggling with bulimia around the same time she gave birth to her eldest child in 1996. “I got into a cycle of binge eating and feeling such guilt and shame for that, that I would start purging,” she candidly revealed. “And without even knowing, it soon just took over to a point where you feel such a loss of control. It was never about the weight for me. It was an emotional issue.”
In 2017, Bure told People it’s not something she struggles with anymore, which is certainly fantastic news. She has shifted her focus to exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, which makes it all the more troublesome that anyone would comment on her weight. Internet trolls love to act like they’re nutritionists, but the fact is it’s no one‘s job to police the health of people they don’t know.
Bure isn’t the only one who’s been body-shamed by comments like this recently. Celebs like Demi Lovato have repeatedly gone after fat-shamers for their ugly words. Anne Hathaway recently joined Lovato’s ranks, writing on her Instagram as a kind of dare to body-shamers, “I am gaining weight for a movie role and it is going well. To all the people who are going to fat shame me in the upcoming months, it’s not me, it’s you.” Unfortunately, these comments don’t even stop at weight. When Kelly Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, shared a photo of her in a bikini last month, people were all up in the comments commenting on her age. Her age. Folks, it’s got to stop. All of it. Right now.
As a fat woman who deals with comments like this from people every day, it’s pretty exhausting to see it in celebrity Instagram posts too. Just because we have more access to celebrities via social media in 2018, that doesn’t mean we need to spew this kind of garbage on the glimpses of their lives they choose to share. If you’re not that person’s doctor, and they’re not at an appointment in your office, then lay off the health advice or questions about their diets. Please.