Former Home and Away star shares powerful message about body shaming

Tammin Sursok has opened up previously about suffering an eating disorder while in the public eye.

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Tammin Sursok has uploaded a powerful video showing high-profile women being belittled about their weight by men. Photo:

Former Home and Away star Tammin Sursok has shared a powerful message on Instagram about the effect '90s and '00s body-shaming had on young women.

Using old photos of herself, Tammin's Instagram Reel then depicted a bunch of moments from '00s interviews and pop culture, including scenes from Keeping Up With The Kardashians, where women were being shamed for their weight and figures by men.

From Scott Disick making a comment about Kourtney's weight gain to a young Britney Spears being questioned about her breasts, to Victoria Beckham being made to stand on scales, the video depicts some horrifying acts from men belittling women when it comes to their weight.

'No wonder so many of us hated what we looked like'

Anna Nicole Smith in an old interview talking about her weight
Anna Nicole Smith is questioned on her weight in a resurfaced video. Photo:

Tammin captioned the video "Why did you hate your body and feel so judged growing up?" before elaborating more in the comments.

"We have grown up with this being acceptable," she said.

"No wonder so many of us hated what we looked like or strived to look what society deemed as acceptable. I pray and hope this is changing for us and our children. No one has the right to comment on your body and weight. Period."

Her message was met with an outpouring of support and solidarity.

"The Britney interview is so creepy and disturbing," one person said.

"Damn, this made me cry. This will always hurt. Sucks I can’t get over this mindset either," another commented.


"It’s insane how much we heard about the need to be skinny growing up. No wonder we have a negative mindset when it comes to body image," someone said.

"Scary how it's all guys saying this stuff," one person pointed out.

"I’ll never forget the 'plus sized' models on America’s Next Top Model. Amongst many other things like Nicole Richie being the 'fat one' on The Simple Life. I thought I was huge back then I look back and can’t believe how skinny they and myself were," another lamented.

Tammin Sursok
Tammin Sursok has spoken candidly in the past about her experiences suffering from an eating disorder. Photo:

'Worried for our kids'

Many parents flocked to the comments too, saying they hoped their kids wouldn't grow up with the same pressures.

"Wow! It’s shocking isn’t it! I’m glad things have changed, although I think in some ways it’s still the same, just different! I’m truly worried for our kids," someone said.

"It’s beyond disgusting when you watch it all back but that was the reality of the world we were growing up in. The perversity of grown men commenting on teenage girls' bodies is beyond sickening and yet it played out all over television and radio with no issues. I see good changes but I hope my one-year-old daughter grows up in a different world," another woman commented.

For confidential support about eating disorders and body image issues you can free call the Butterfly Foundation National Hotline on 1800 33 4673.

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