Mom shuts down body-shaming TikToker: ‘Did you ever think maybe it’s not about the number?’

This mom had a message for a TikToker who criticized her body, and it deservedly went viral

Janelle Rohner (@janellerohner) is a mom of two and a self-proclaimed “keto and low-carb lover.” In addition to sharing recipes on her TikTok, she has a personal food blog where she posts all of her low-carb recipes and spreads the message that “it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.”

Recently, a TikToker commented on one of Rohner’s videos saying, “Does anyone realize she eats insanely healthy and is still not skinny, lol…,” and Rohner had a few choice words for said viewer. 

Rohner begins her response by saying, “I really hate comments like this, because didn’t you ever think that maybe it’s not as easy for some people to lose weight as it might be for others?”

Iced coffee in hand, she continues her retort. “I’ve been working really hard. I’m down 7 pounds and like 6 inches. I’m feeling really good.”

Then she says something extremely powerful that not only shuts down her TikTok hater, but is a message that a lot of people might need to hear. “And did you ever think maybe it’s not about the number? Maybe it’s not about weight. Maybe it’s just about feeling good in your own skin.”

Janelle finished her video off with a final footnote. “And for the record, my husband hasn’t been complaining.”

Mic drop!

Shift the focus

Experts agree that dietary changes should be more about how you feel than how much you weigh, because a number on a scale doesn’t always correlate to one’s overall health. According to WebMD, focusing on weight loss rather than on one’s overall wellness can lead to low self-esteem and cycles of losing and regaining weight

The comments section was filled with overwhelming support for Rohner and her message. 

“Tell them! You look fab!” wrote one supportive viewer. 

“Exactly!! Our bodies are all different!!” wrote another encouraging fan. 

While everyone’s health journey is different, Rohner reminds viewers that there are so many factors that go into a person’s weight. Every body is different, so there’s no magic number that works for everyone.

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