‘Trolls called me fat for posting real body pics – but I have tips to defy them’

‘Trolls called me fat for posting real body pics – but I have tips to defy them’

February 2, 2023
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    A body positive fitness coach shared simple tips on how to feel better about the way you look.

    Molly Ava – who was called fat and disgusting for posting real Instagram photos – strives to help others to appreciate their bodies more.

    And she believes changing the way you use social media can have profound impacts on your own self-esteem.

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    Instagram is flooded with sparkling snaps of seemingly flawless women and Molly said the pressure on people to achieve a similar aesthetic is relentless and dangerous.

    But she spoke with Daily Star about what people can do to combat such unhealthy comparisons.

    Molly, 23, said: “Firstly, look at the accounts you follow on Instagram. Go on their page and if it brings you joy and adds value to your life keep following them, if it doesn’t, unfollow.

    “If you are consuming social media that doesn’t benefit you there is no point having it. It will not be valuable to you if it brings negativity or drains your mood.

    “Secondly, filter the amount of time you spend on social media, there is a setting on your phone and once you have used it for a certain amount of time it will tell you.

    “Go read a book, go for a walk, watch a podcast… There is so much more out there to scrolling mindlessly and getting down a wormhole of watching someone's dog jump through a hoop when you were only looking for recommendations for a skiing holiday.

    “So unfollow people, take time away from social media and finally change the way you speak to yourself.”

    Asked what she meant by her final point, she explained: “Everyone struggles with it.

    “I don’t wake up every day and think damn I am the most unreal person. I will have days where I am in baggy clothes and I want to have a bit of a cry and don’t want to look in the mirror and that is fine.

    “No day is going to be perfect. You can’t expect perfection but you can retrain how you choose to speak to yourself.”

    Giving an example, she added: “If you find yourself picking negatively at something, reframe it and pick out something positive.

    “If you think oh my gosh I am really hating this outfit, think maybe I can do my hair nicely or I really love that I am self reflective or I really love my smile.

    “There are always things you can pick out. In my coaching I focus a lot on gratitude. It is always important to look at the bigger picture.”

    Molly, who is from Bournemouth, has a geography degree but decided to pursue a career in fitness during the pandemic.

    Her Instagram page now boasts 146,000 followers and the gym babe has been praised for sharing authentic images taken one minute apart.

    She does so to highlight how perception can alter depending on the pose.

    And last week she opened up about the trolling she received for it, saying: “They say ‘you are fat, you are disgusting’ and they tag their friends who then comment, it’s crazy. I get trolled all the time.

    “It has definitely calmed down now. Lots of the comments were bullying me for the way I look, comments saying ‘oh you make me feel sick’.

    “What do you gain from that? Absolutely nothing. I am a complete stranger to them.”


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