Body Image: Instagram Photos Show Off Bloated Stomach And Eczema On Face Of Fitness Blogger

A Welsh fitness blogger on Instagram is sharing what would classically be considered unflattering photos of her body, sending a message to her followers about body image.

Carys Gray (@busybeefitness) from Cardiff has posted photos of her face during an eczema breakout, her expanded belly after a meal, and her bunched-up skin on her stomach while in a sitting position. The captions on her photos say she is trying to show that even people who appear to have the perfect body have flaws or insecurities.

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“We all have good days and we all have bad days,” she says on the photo that reveals an eczema breakout. “Here’s a reminder that next time you see something on social media that you think is ‘goals’ that it’s not the full story, it’s not how that person will look or be alllllll the time!”

carys-gray-1 An Instagrammer shared this photo of her face before and after an eczema breakout to highlight the fact that nobody looks perfect all the time. Carys Gray/Instagram

carys-gray-2 A fitness blogger shares photos of her stomach on Instagram to show people that nobody is perfect. Carys Gray/Instagram

Another photo follows a “massive meal” of pizza, ice cream and cookie dough and shows her bloated stomach. “My body changes shape continuously throughout the day and so do other people’s,” she writes. “People will probably not post pictures like the left when they are bloated as people often post the best of their lives and themselves on Instagram.” Although she admits being bloated used to upset her, “now I can just laugh and smile about it because 1) it’s hilarious and 2) it’s completely normal.”

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She even has a video in which she shows how different her stomach looks in a rest position as compared to when she tenses her abs.

Gray is not the first Instagrammer to use the social media platform for such messages. Another fitness blogger, Malin Olofsson, was praised for sharing a photo of her belly while it was bloated from PMS. “You know what makes it even more uncomfortable?” she wrote. “Walking around hating your body because of it.” And a woman, Megan Jayne Crabbe, who blogs about body positivity after recovering from an eating disorder, posts photos of her stomach regularly, including one when it was full of food following a big meal. She wrote in her caption: “You are no less beautiful, valuable, or loveable whether you are full or empty. … What you've eaten today doesn't determine one single bit of how wonderful you are.”

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