Jinger Duggar: Criticized For Surprising Reason After Posting This Photo

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If you follow the various members of the Duggar family on Instagram, you know there's not much they can post that won't ignite some sort of controversy.

This one took even us by surprise, though.

Duggar Daughters

The daughters of Jim Bob and Michelle aren't permitted to use social media until after they're engaged, so the amount of negativity they receive online must come as something of a rude awakening.

To be fair, there are many times when the trash-talk is well deserved, such as when Jill Duggar solicited donations from fans in order to fund her travels to Central America, even though she's not a licensed missionary and comes from a wealthy family.

But there are just as many occasions in which the hate is completely unwarranted.

Take the constant scrutiny of every photo that Jinger Duggar posts.

For every fan that applauds Jinger for wearing pants in open defiance of her parents' archaic dress code, there are just as many body-shaming her or otherwise putting her down.

In recent months, a lot of the comments have surrounded the rumors that Jinger is pregnant with her first child.

Jinger Duggar Weight Loss Photo

With this latest photo, however, fans are obsessing over Jinger's body for a very different reason.

Jinger posted the above photo of herself with husband Jeremy Vuolo earlier this week.

Fans immediately pounced on what they claimed is evidence of Jinger losing a dangerous amount of weight.

Frankly, we don't see it at all, but fans were predictably ruthless in their admonitions.

One user aptly pointed out that if Jinger is rapidly losing weight, it may have something to do with the constant pregnancy talk she's subjected to.

“Maybe the poor girl feels insecure about her weight since so many people say that she’s preggo,” the commenter wrote.

Jinger Duggar in Nike

Another online follower added: “How would you feel if people told you that [you looked pregnant] and you weren’t?"

"You’d probably think, ‘Wow, am I so fat that people always see a baby bump? Maybe I need to lose some weight.’”

It's a valid point.

Of course, this is the internet in 2017, so the valid point was ignored, and the angry mob proceeded with their outrage.

Don't get us wrong, there's a whole lot to dislike about the Duggar family, as plenty of their scandals have drawn appropriate scrutiny.

There's also a reasonable level of debate to be had around their dress code, gender roles and the patriarchal levels of control it reinforces.

But when young women are being told they look both too fat and too skinny in the space of a single week, that's just over the line.

Honestly, it says more about our society than it does about Jinger's photos, and makes us grateful that she seems so self-assured.

Jinger has always marched to the beat of her own drum, at least by Duggar standards, and here's hoping she continues to do that.

Being a public figure and posting updates about one's life at all invites a fair amount of attention, but let's give her a little room to breathe.

Just a little.

As always, you can follow the link to watch Counting On online for much more from reality TV's most controversial family.

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