Shawn Johnson on Body Shamers

Shawn Johnson talks about her weight, and body shaming comments from the internet.

Johnson put on the weight after the 2008 Olympics and her 2009 victory on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” She tore her ACL during a freak skiing accident in early 2010 and added some heft to her athletic 4-foot-9 frame. Johnson said she’d perform Internet searches for her name and was horrified at the results.

“When I first went on Dancing with the Stars, I was 16, and I turned 17 on the show,” she said. “Going from this strict, regimented schedule to going through puberty on national TV and gaining weight, and just being kind of a huge target for criticism, was just really difficult for me.”

“That whole process kind of broke me down and taught me something,” “People put too much emphasis on looks.”

“I was at the Olympic Games winning medals and I still doubted my image,” she said. “I doubted what I looked like. That’s sad. Girls should be taught different than that. I think everyone should be taught different than that.”

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