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It is the eve of Thanksgiving celebrations in America as millions gear up for parades, seeing family and lots of food.

Sarah Michelle Gellar caught controversy for an Instagram post in which she shared three photos of herself posing in lingerie.

The caption, which many found fault in, read:

I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep.

Some of her followers thought she was promoting dieting culture.

One person wrote:

Aren’t you making a huge assumption/generalisation that everyone will ‘succumb’ and go back to their old eating habits? Some people have the will power and common sense to go to their GP when they meet their ideal weight and work out how to stay at the weight.

Another person suggested Gellar research eating disorders.

“Your caption is problematic and I suggest you do some research on eating disorders, the mental health issues that go along with them, and how diet culture is harmful to women. Girls look up to you, and you should be mindful of the message you’re sending.”

While a third said it was:

Disappointing [sic] to use your platform to promote thinspiration on a once a year holiday that should be about togetherness and gratitude.

The backlash prompted the Buffy star to release an apology.

“It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post," she began.

That could not be further from my intentions. I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick. This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that. I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Any one that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ any one on any basis. I am a champion of all people.

The debate spilled over onto Twitter, where people argued the outrage was over the top

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