The actor said she would pin up the photos of herself around her home 'as a reminder not to overeat' on Thanksgiving, and it did not go down well.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar posted old photos of herself in lingerie on Instagram as "a reminder not to overeat" on Thanksgiving.
- She said she would pin the photos up around her house.
- The comments, however, sparked a backlash, with followers accusing the actor of "triggering" eating disorders.
- Gellar has now apologised for the post.
The holiday season is undeniably one of the most delicious times of the year.
From pumpkin pie to Christmas pudding, the culinary delights of this time of year are to be enjoyed with gusto and eaten with abandon.
But this is a memo that clearly has not reached Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The actor, 41, posted a series of old photos of herself in lingerie on Instagram "as a reminder not to overeat" on Thanksgiving.
"I'm just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep," Gellar wrote.
The photos were part of a 2007 photoshoot for Maxim magazine.
Needless to say, Gellar's comments have not gone down well.
The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star received a torrent of negative replies to the photo, with some people accusing her of encouraging eating disorders and an unhealthy relationship with food and body image.
"What a disordered thing to do and what a disordered message to give out," wrote Instagram user Sarah Frances Young (@bodypositivepear). "Pinning up thin photos of myself as a reminder not to eat was something I did when I had anorexia."
She added: "Overeating at Thanksgiving isn't going to make a difference to your weight, shape, or size. It's one day. Let's not be guilty about finding pleasure in food, eh?"
Others added that the post was "triggering" and urged Gellar to rethink her message.
Some people, however, leapt to the star's defence. "Don't apologize to people who say you are fat-shaming them, sometimes the world is too sensitive, you look great and yes this is great motivation!" wrote one fan.
The actor has since apologised for the post, commenting on the photos: "It's come to my attention that some people think I was 'fat-shaming' with this post. That could not be further from my intentions.
"I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick. This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that.
"I'm terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Anyone that knows me, knows I would never intentionally 'shame' any one on any basis. I am a champion of all people."
Source: BUSINESS INSIDER