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Pregnant host slams body shamers live on air after newspaper 'reviews' her bump

David Kearns

Published 02/10/2015 | 12:55

Sarah Harris Credit: Youtube
Sarah Harris Credit: Youtube

A pregnant TV anchor has hit back live on air at “all the body shamers out there” after a number of viewers criticised her figure.

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Sarah Harris, a host of the Australian show Studio 10, was being congratulated on her pregnancy by one of her co-hosts when she took the moment to reveal what kind of feedback she had received following a Daily Mail article ‘reviewing’ her bump.

"You know, when you're pregnant you do feel really vulnerable and self-conscious about your body," she said live on air Thursday morning.

"I actually don't look like this in real life," Ms Harris said, noting that has a presenter she is “covered in makeup and spanx for television”

"What I really look like off duty is the same as any woman who is seven months pregnant.”

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Ms Harris went on to talk about many of the comments from the piece that described her as "revolting", and spoke about how posters said: "how huge I am, how fat I am, how ugly I am."    

"I did feel pretty awful about the comments and the pictures.

"But then I thought - you know what? Bugger it. I'm growing a baby. This is me.

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"I'm kind of fed up with the body shaming that happens when you're pregnant - and then the pressure that comes afterwards to lose the baby weight.

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"So on behalf of all the women out there who might be feeling a bit chubby, I have one thing to say.

"Get stuffed.”

The TV host added that she hopes the ‘off duty’ photos of her make some other women going through pregnancy feel better about their bodies.

Ms Harris is not the first to speak out against this type of body-shaming, either.

When Philadelphia-based meteorologist Katie Fehlinger was pregnant with twins in August, viewers called her a "sausage in casing" and "disgusting".

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“Even during the most uncomfortable — and let's face it, less than glamorous — symptoms of pregnancy, what women go through to bring their precious children into the world is, simply put, amazing and you should be lauded," Fehlinger wrote on Facebook at the time. "

“Remember, a woman went through the very same thing to bring you into the world."

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