Lucy Hale, like tons of other celebrities, took to Instagram on Sunday to wish her dad a happy Fathers Day.
The actress posted a photo of her and her dadand captioned it,
You taught me to have soul. I love you daddy.
The post, which garnered more than 742,000 likes, also drew a lot of criticism from Instagram users over somethingHale posted in the comments section.
Tagging famous celebrity hairstylist Scotty Cunha, Hale wrote,
ugh I was so fat
Not surprisingly, the comments section quickly filled up with fans calling out the star forpromoting a negative body image.
User briktaylor wrote, @lucyhale this is fat? What an unhealthy mentality. Another user, rozzleroo, commented,
Oh great, just what we need. Women with celebrity status body shaming themselves and therefore thousands of girls who are of normal weight. Good grief.
Some fans seemed genuinely concerned for the star. User lottehamelinkk wrote,
Lucy, you are beautiful, dont ever think you look fat, youre the most beautiful person ive ever seen, inside & out. Dont think that about yourself, youre better than that, we love you Lucy, and your beautiful body
Severalpeople took the time to educate others about eating disorders. User wannabecapulet wrote,
Ive been struggling with anorexia my entire life. A lot of these comments are really missing the point and targeting your character when your character shouldnt even be in question. As a person who knows what its like to look at pictures from three years ago, and even three months ago, I know how often I regard that girl as fat. More often than not I call the girl in the mirror that, too. I really hope you know your worth as a person, and Im sure you do. You didnt ask for it, but youre someone that people look up to. Im just sorry that some of them dont understand the disease. Take care, Lucy. Ill always think youre beautiful.
Hale previously opened up about her past struggles with an eating disorder. In 2012, she told ,
Ive never really talked about this, but I would go days without eating.Or maybe Id have some fruit and then go to the gym for three hours. I knew I had a problem It was a gradual process but I changed myself.
While some fanstook this opportunity to remind people of the fact that Hale was open about her past, others called her out for being too skinny now.
Obviously, fat-shaming and skinny-shaming are both problematic andwhile Hale may not have meant to spark such debate, her comment brings up a lot of issues that affect a lot of people.
The actress, who turned 28 last week, posted another photo this time a solo shot lateSunday night, but has yet to respond to the backlash.