The actress called out a male Twitter user who called her “anorexic” and told her to eat a hamburger.
“I am disgusted that a man would even think of saying these absolutely awful words to a woman. You should be ashamed of yourself,” Hale, 28, wrote in the first of a series of tweets.
“As someone who used to struggle with anorexia, I don’t take these comments lightly. Im healthy and happy and you don’t know me. So keep your repulsive comments to yourself.”
After Hale’s strongly worded response — which her followers liked and retweeted thousands of times — the original Twitter user responded with just the word “Neat” and a thumbs-up emoji. So apparently Hale shut him down for good.
“Just another insecure man hiding behind a computer screen. Boy BYE,” she tweeted.
Hale first opened up about battling an eating disorder in 2012, telling Cosmopolitan that she would restrict her calories.
“I’ve never really talked about this, but I would go days without eating,” the former Pretty Little Liars star shared. “Or maybe I’d have some fruit and then go to the gym for three hours. I knew I had a problem … It was a gradual process but I changed myself.”
Hale recently told PEOPLE that she’s more comfortable in her body now.
“There are good days and bad days, but I’ve found [self-assurance] really does come with age,” she explained. “I think you hit a point where you accept who you are and what you look like and you kind of just roll with it. You find out what you like and what your strengths and weaknesses are — it develops over time.”