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‘Body shame elsewhere’: Athlete attacks critics calling her ‘too skinny’


A Team GB silver medallist has told critics to "body shame elsewhere" after being told she was "too skinny" on Twitter.

Scottish 5000m runner Eilish McColgan had told her 31,200 followers that she was "really excited" for the World Athletic Championships in Doha – and said she was in "the best shape of her life".

But underneath the photograph of her in training, one person commented "that's skinny" – with another adding: "Yes… bit too much."

Image: She said she had always been naturally small

McColgan later tweeted: "Nothing p***** me off more than someone making a comment that I'm 'too skinny'. I'm naturally small-always have been. Some people are just slim!

"I doubt they would comment on someone slightly larger than 'average'. I'm a healthy athlete and human. Go body shame elsewhere!


"It's no surprise that young girls feel the need to get boob jobs, big plastic a***s and contour themselves down to their kneecaps to fit what's deemed the 'ideal' body. If you're healthy and happy then don't worry about anyone else's opinion!

"It's YOUR fabulous body."

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