Lucy Hale, like tons of other celebrities, took to Instagram on Sunday to wish her dad a happy Father's Day.
The Pretty Little Liars actress posted a photo of her and her dad and 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 something Hale 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 for promoting 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, don't ever think you look fat, you're the most beautiful person i've ever seen, inside & out. Don't think that about yourself, you're better than that, we love you Lucy, and your beautiful body
Several people took the time to educate others about eating disorders. User wannabecapulet wrote,
I've been struggling with anorexia my entire life. A lot of these comments are really missing the point and targeting your character when your character shouldn't even be in question. As a person who knows what it's 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 I'm sure you do. You didn't ask for it, but you're someone that people look up to. I'm just sorry that some of them don't understand the disease. Take care, Lucy. I'll always think you're beautiful.
I've never really talked about this, but I would go days without eating. Or maybe I'd 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 fans took 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 and while 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 – late Sunday night, but has yet to respond to the backlash.