Fitness Controversy: Women Olympians Say, "We're Fit, Not Fat—Get Over It!"

by Sarah Jio, Glamour

Some women Olympians are reportedly fed up over reported weight and body snarking and are speaking out to remind the world just what fitness looks like...

Enough snarking! That's the sentiment of U.S. weightlifter Holley Mangold, 22, who weighs 346 pounds, making her the heaviest woman at the London Olympics. She, and other female Olympians, are reportedly fed up among growing focus on female body size rather than athletic performance at the Games.

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Mangold shared via Twitter: "Between my team mate (Sarah Robles) and I, I think we both showed you can be athletic at any size," she wrote. (Her Twitter the tagline reads: "Loving life and living big!")

The UK's Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), reports that negative body image is consistently one of the biggest roadblocks for girls participating in sports.

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Other women Olympians who have taken criticism for their size include Australian swimmer Liesel Jones, and even the Brazilian women's soccer team.

What do you think of all this body talk when it comes to female athletes? Why do you think we're more apt to, as a society, criticize the way female athletes look vs. men?

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