Learn from Jonah Hill and stop commenting on people’s bodies, experts say

Whether in person or online, praising someone for their weight loss or curves can seem like an innocent – and even complimentary – comment. But experts say we can all learn something from Jonah Hill's recent post about body comments: stop making them. 

In a post to Instagram Thursday, Hill asked his three million followers to refrain from making comments about his body, whether they be positive or negative. 

"I know you mean well but I kindly ask that you do not comment on my body (heart emoji) good or bad I want to politely let you know it's not helpful and doesn't feel good. Much respect," he wrote.

While it's easy to understand how negative comments about someone's body can be hurtful, praise can also be harmful, explains Chelsea Kronengold, communications lead at the National Eating Disorders Association.

"It validates or emphasizes that our worth is tied to our appearance, and that's not true," she says. 

Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar, regional medical director at the Eating Recovery Center, agrees comments about how somebody's body looks or how someone's weight is changing, even if it feels like a positive comment, is "not something that is welcome."

"Commenting on someone's body size and shape and appearance in the world reinforces the message that people are only as much as their body, and that they are being judged by how they appear in the world," she says.

It 'doesn't feel good':Jonah Hill asks fans, followers to 'not comment on my body'

Experts: Body comments are 'completely inappropriate'

Another reason to refrain from these comments is because you "don't know what anyone's going through," Kronengold adds.

"Maybe they're struggling with an eating disorder, maybe they're going through something in their life that has impacted their relationship with food or maybe they have an illness."

The Mayo Clinic lists a myriad of things under potential causes for weight loss, including mental health challenges like depression as well as physical illnesses like cancer and Crohn's disease.

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