Australian Olympian Libby Trickett has called out inappropriate, weight-related comments aimed at her eight-year-old daughter.

The mum-of-four took to Instagram in a video to explain the situation, saying it wasn’t a random stranger who made the comments.

“I had someone close to us, say to my eight-year-old daughter today, ‘Wow, you look like you’ve lost weight. Have you lost weight? You look great,'” Libby explained.

“My daughter’s eight. We need to do better as society in the way that we speak to our young kids. We need to do better as a society in how we speak about ourselves. Yes, we need to do better in front of our kids and how we speak to ourselves. We need to do better in moments alone and how we speak to ourselves about our bodies. Because that is going to influence how we talk to our kids about their bodies. We need to do better.”

The former professional athlete says the conversation starts at home, and extends to the way we speak to ourselves, and in front of our kids.

“She’s eight. I mean, this is how it happens right? We create an environment where our value as a human becomes about how we look and how thin we are. And I will do everything in my power to protect my children from that and to love their bodies as they are. Because they are amazing.”

Libby has previously given a TEDx talk on the subject of girls and women’s bodies.

“The bodies of girls and women in sports are none of your business,” she said, explaining the high dropout rates for girls playing sport.

“Given the incredible scrutiny we place them under and the fact that to participate in sport is to inadvertently solicit, without consent or invitation, commentary about their bodies, how can anyone be surprised by those statistics?”

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  • That was so inappropriate to say, especially to a child.


  • As someone who is a mature-aged woman who is now unravelling the trauma of body shaming from a very young age, we need to stop this. Commenting on a child’s weight is intrusive, mean, even a little creepy when from a male. We don’t do it to males (generally), so why to females? It needs to stop and yes, it starts at home, with parents, with how we speak to our children, and how we speak about each others bodies.


  • Some people have no filter unfortunately. ????


  • I got many comments about my daughter when she was a baby people would say to me oh is she yours and I would reply with Yes she is and then I would get oh but she is so beautiful yes I am not the most attractive person but hey thanks for your comments


  • And even here there is one comment at least from someone who doesnt understand the issue underneath this, saying at least it was meant as a compliment. Not.The.Point!
    The whole notion that you look good if you are a smaller /lighter size, that appearance is everything and you have more value as a female if you take up less space.
    Libby is right to call it out…. we do not need to comment or focus attention on someone’s appearance and certainly not impressionable kids.


  • Hi Libby, first good on you this is not good enough, when I was about that age I was a little over weight ( not fat) but I remember being called FAT and it hurt, it made me in my teens go on some dangerous diets and I got really sick, even now I have days where I think I’m fat, but I’m not I just have to keep on reminding myself I’m not. Young girls shouldn’t go through what I went through Come on EVERYBODY PLEASE be nice and watch what you say to our young people as it really does stick and follow in their minds forever.


  • I am glad she called them out on it. They could have just said ‘You look great!’ Why comment to an 8 year old about their weight?


  • Look it’s a bit inappropriate to say to someone that young, but it was still meant as a compliment. At least she wasn’t told she’s fat. Do we really need a big rant?


  • I can’t believe someone said this to an 8 year old! So inappropriate. Good on Libby for calling them out and advocating for all young kids who just want to be kids!


  • What a horrible thing to say. We have a rules in our house never comment on people size / personal appearance as it has nothing to do with you.


  • Absolutely ! She’s 8 and regardless people really do not need to comment on anybody else’s weight or size. How very ignorant and damaging that behaviour is.


  • Good on mum for standing up for her and calling out BS behaviour.


  • That comment was totally uncalled for and not at all appropriate. Think before you say something that might have a detrimental affect on children.


  • Definitely not ok to make any comments about peoples kids or kids in general.


  • You know sometimes people don’t realise the gravity of their comments, especially when a comment regarding weight loss is associated with being a compliment.
    I’m a person who was a larger child, and I have had a lifetime of weight issues, and an absolute myriad of comments from other people, some malicious, but many were older people who made seemingly innocent comments such as “chubby checkers” or “she’s got a big bum”, in a cute context where they were saying these things endearingly, but on the inside they were so humiliating and I was deeply embarrassed about them.
    So if this makes people think twice about what they say and how they say it, then go Libby!


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