Megan Jayne Crabbe, a 24-year-old from Sussex, England who runs the body-positive Twitter and Instagram @bodyposipanda, posted a side-by-side photo on Instagram last month to celebrate how far she’s come on her journey of self-love and mental health.
“On the left is me 2 1/2 years ago, just before I found body positivity, and on the right is me today,” she explained in the caption. “You’ll probably notice the most obvious thing I’ve gained between these two pictures: weight. But there are so many other things I’ve gained as well. I’ve gained mental freedom. I’ve gained self love. I’ve gained my life back after so many years of believing that I wasn’t worthy of living it because of how my body looked.”
The majority of comments on Megan’s ‘gram were supportive, which makes sense. After all, finding self-love, happiness and inner peace is no easy feat! Megan’s strength is inspiring.
But not everyone was so sweet. A few trolls snuck in and left nasty comments. So two days ago, Megan posted another side-by-side photo — and this time, she used the caption to shut her haters down.
Each portion of her caption responds to an actual insult she’s received. Read the entire uplifting message below.
Megan’s post clearly struck a chord: her original Instagram has more than 115,000 likes, and other tweets featuring her words and images have been retweeted thousands of times.
“BUT AS IT TURNS OUT, HAPPINESS ISNT A SIZE.” ? pic.twitter.com/u3J3qkXweU
Megan hopes to spread a message of body positivity and raise awareness of the fact that being “in shape” and being healthy aren’t always the same.
“Most people would see the ‘before’ me – thinner, more toned – and assume that I was far healthier, when in reality I was utterly obsessed with losing weight and slipping back into an eating disorder that nearly killed me when I was 15,” Megan told BuzzFeed News. “That level of obsession and self-hatred could never be healthy, no matter how it looks.”