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Fans Are Pissed That This Body-Positive Instagram Star Had Skin Removal Surgery

"You can love yourself and change yourself at the same time."

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Amanda Roberts (aka Mandas_Muffintop) is a body-positive instagrammer from Temecula, California. After losing 150 lbs, Amanda was left with 14lbs of excess skin, which came with its own set of complications.

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"When I first realized the extent of my loose skin and the medical issues that came with it (rashes, sores, possible infections, and general discomfort,) I had made the decision to learn to love my body as it was, loose skin and all," Amanda told BuzzFeed. "I thought that I wouldn't be able able to afford skin removal surgery for a long time – at least five or more years – but I did know that it would be necessary eventually."

"I decided to be at peace with my body and mind and love myself as I was," Roberts explained, "because I'd worked hard for my body, to lose the weight and be healthier."

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Amanda's timeline changed when her #tummylovethursday hashtag gained momentum and landed her an invite to appear on The Doctors.

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When Roberts appeared on the show to discuss body-positivity, co-host Dr. Andrew Ordon made a surprise offer to perform skin-removal surgery on the mom and Instagram star – with the show covering all costs.

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Roberts told BuzzFeed that her emotions were mixed upon realizing she wouldn't have to wait years for surgery. "I remember feeling relief and happiness, because something that seemed like a far-off dream was suddenly going to be reality. I also felt a bit of sadness because I had worked so hard to practice self-love with my loose skin."

But when Amanda shared the news with her followers, many accused her of faking the body-positivity she'd shown for so long.

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"They said that if I truly loved myself, I wouldn't want to change anything about myself, but the way I see it: if you love yourself, you'll do whatever YOU feel is best for your body." Amanda shared with BuzzFeed.

"Self-love is such a personal journey, there shouldn't be any guidelines or criteria for self-love or body-positivity, other than that you are actively working to love yourself."

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"Before surgery, I'd learned to love my loose skin. Instead of seeing it as a bad reminder of the past, I saw it as a trophy showing how far I'd come in my journey..."

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"Loving myself at every stage of this journey has been my ultimate goal, and I'm proud to say I've reached that goal every time thus far."

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Keep kicking ass, Amanda. Thanks for being you.

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