Heading to the gym for a workout can be many things: it can be motivating, exhausting, a ton of fun, or some combination of all of the above – but what it shouldn't be is a place that makes you feel self-conscious or ashamed of your natural body. That's the message that Abigail Breslin wanted to get across when she shared some Instagram posts of gym advertisements she says rely on body-shaming tactics instead of uplifting ones.
"Wow honestly disgusted by this @goldsgym you should be ashamed of yourselves," the Scream Queens actress posted along with one ad. "Things like this are the reason 9 year old girls develop eating disorders. Working out should be something you do for yourself, your health and your mind & body, not cuz a corporation declares your body shape isn't what girls should look like."
"Also I wonder if it's cool with Golds Gyms for men to be pear shaped? Interesting they had to single out females," the star added, referencing how this ad targets women. "Good job for preying on people's insecurities and perpetuating body image issues! Good thing I've never signed up for your gym, now I certainly never will. ✌🏻️"
Abigail also posted a follow-up image from the same brand, which appears to show a thinner woman trying to escape from a cartoon heavier woman's body.
Abigail's point was the same about this photo too: she sees negativity in these ads instead of motivation – and that's just not okay.
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