A female bodybuilder has come under fire for body-shaming a fellow gym-goer on her public Instagram page.
Diana Andrews, who has over 17,000 followers on her social media account, took a photo of a woman on a treadmill at her gym and shared it on her Instagram Stories feature with the caption ‘love handles’.
She then followed it up with a post of a black screen with the caption ‘bet she’s ordering burgers for delivery’.
Following a backlash over the snaps, Andrews later made her Instagram account private and posted an apology on Snapchat.
She wrote: ‘Im writing to express my sincere apologies for my actions.
‘I realised that I was wrong to make this silly joke.
‘It wasn’t my intention to body shame, hurt or disrespect anyone.
‘Thank you guys for all your messages and support.’
She also posted a message on her Facebook page saying she wanted to ‘explain herself’.
‘I saw this girl walking on the treadmill talking on her phone and I made a video and added a comment that she’s probably ordering take away.
‘The whole point of this video was that she’s using her phone while on the treadmill.
‘The whole story was turned upside down by taking a screenshot and adding comments that I’m body shaming this woman. I would never do this it’s not who I am.’
Emmy Gilmour from the Recover Clinic, which helps treat people with eating disorders, told the Huffington Post that this was an example of social media acting as an “enabler”.
“It’s likely that the woman posting these pictures was being rewarded by her audience,” she explained.
“This is a really tragic example of a how society has conditioned women to judge and compare one another.
“We’re living in an era where it’s normal to tell women that they’re inadequate, and that they must apologise for how they look.
“The solidarity between women is breaking down, when really, we should be supporting one another no matter the shape, size or weight.”