‘Extremely weird’

Jameela Jamil speaks out after being body-shamed by man at the gym

Jameela Jamil (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

British TV presenter and star of U.S. comedy The Good Place Jameela Jamil is sick of society’s body-shaming attitudes — and of strange men who feel the need to approach her and tell her what they think of her looks. In a short video posted to Twitter that has since been viewed nearly 300,000 times and counting, the actress recalled being accosted by a man at her gym shortly after finishing her workout.

“A man I did not know approached me and asked me what workout I’d just been doing, so I told him that I’d been cycling — because I have anxiety and that’s why I come to the gym — and he decided to tell me without prompt that he’s seen me around and he always thinks, ‘Ah, what a shame, she could look so amazing,’ and there’s so many different things I could do to improve my body,” recalled Jamil in the video. “He essentially walked up to me and body-shamed me in the middle of the gym.”

“When I told him I was happy with my body, he looked both surprised and slightly sorry for me,” she continued. “Never walk up to someone and tell them how much better they could look. You’re not being nice, you’re shaming them for the way they currently look. You’re also being extremely weird.”

Upset by the encounter, she said she felt the need to speak out in order to encourage others — male or female — who worry about their bodies being judged.

“This is why I think so many people who want to exercise don’t, because they’re afraid of being judged at the gym. I don’t like walking around now thinking that people are looking at me and analyzing and thinking what I should or should not look like,” she explained. “I’m comfortable, I enjoy my body, I enjoy my curves. I’m also, by the way, a U.S. size 6 to 8, so if that’s how I’m being spoken to in the gym you can imagine what people say to people who are larger than that … Don’t stop yourself from going to the gym because of these stupid people.”

Watch Jamil’s full video below.

Read the full story at RadioTimes.

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