New TikTok trend: users share before and after pictures of pandemic weight gain!
Internet - Who said we didn't gain anything from 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic? As this new TikTok trend proves, many people sure gained a lot.
2020 was a difficult year punctuated by chaotic and stressful times as well as a global pandemic. And as the coronavirus lockdowns closed gyms and kept people at home, some gained a few pounds.
And now there is a new body positive TikTok trend that proudly shows the results.
In the videos, users post before-and-after comparison pictures of their bodies. But instead of impressive weight loss and fitness gains, as is often the case, they celebrate love handles and beer bellies!
An example of this is from the TikTok users meazyc333. At the beginning of her short clip, a text-to-speech voice says: "Show a picture of yourself from January and December."
In the first selfie, which is labeled January, the woman looks slim and toned. But in the picture from December, she has a good few extra inches around the waist.
But the thousands of replies to her posts are mostly appreciative. Many applauded her honesty and called her "courageous." The most liked comment on the video says "And that's ok," in all caps.
Both men and women show off their weight gain
Women aren't the only ones showing off the January 2020 and December 2020 bods.
TikTok user Alek Nieberlein showed a clip of himself flexing his muscles while wearing black overalls a year ago. Twelve months later, he's sporting a big belly, which he can no longer pull the jumpsuit over, but he looks pretty darn happy.
And some users even appreciated his "fuller" appearance more. One wrote, "I actually think it's better the way he is today." And they weren't the only one that thought so.
Others left similar comments.
Influencer Chloe made the trend popular but also got threats
But unlike Alek Nieberlein and meazyc333, she wasn't just hailed for her bravery and honesty.
In a more recent video, Chloe wrote shared that she had received death threats and terrible comments about her family after she posted her before and after 2020 clips. She said had decided to turn off the comments section.
Fortunately, the majority of TikTok users were supportive. Many condemned the criticism and thought that the death threats were absurd. "Death threats for what? I was helped by your video," wrote one user.
Cover photo: TikTok/Screenshot/Bildmontage/chloe_xandria & meazyc333