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Caroline Berg Eriksen: Steamy blogger photo post baby elicits loud condemnation

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Caroline Berg Eriksen has her photo popping on people’s computer screens throughout the U.S. this evening, as the attractive fitness blogger recently posted a steamy photo of her slim figure just days after giving birth. Yet this eyebrow-raising image has elicited a loud condemnation by some in the online community for not displaying to viewers a realistic or proper sense of health, the Business Insider reports this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

No doubt the Caroline Berg Eriksen photo can be called viral now; the steamy post-baby picture has already been shared thousands of times across Facebook and Twitter, truly sparking an online storm of comments and controversy. A 26-year-old and widely known Norweigan fitness blogger, Eriksen posted a photo of herself only three days after having her child, a daughter, on Nov. 25, and the results seem unreal.

The image was initially posted to Instagram, and next to it, Eriksen wrote via the caption:

"I feel so empty and not 4 days after birth."

Only minutes after the posting, loud, public condemnation, harsh replies, and backlash via tweets and Facebook comments erupted across the web. One writer from Norway wrote the headline, “I feel fat because Soccer Lady has given birth.”

The writer, Suzanne Aabel, claims that Caroline Berg Eriksen is sending a poor message to women across the globe, and that the image sets highly unrealistic and nearly impossible expectations for many young women to lose weight, especially mothers who only recently gave birth to a child. In her direct comments, she said:

"I think it is dangerous. I work with 16 year old girls. They struggle with body and food at some level all together. And they look up to famous people, as adults we almost forgot that we did as teenagers."

(...)

"Over 70 percent of young women are struggling with low self-esteem and body contempt because only people who look like that here like posting pictures of themselves half naked four days after birth."

What’s your reaction to the image by Caroline Berg Eriksen? Is this steamy photo simply one mother’s proud presentation of her quickly lost baby weight, or is it indeed “dangerous?”

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