'Insatiable' Stars Respond To Fat-Shaming Backlash Of New Netflix Series

"We're not in the business of fat shaming. We're out to turn a sharp eye on broken, harmful systems that equate thinness with worth."

Last week, Netflix released a trailer for Insatiable, an upcoming series starring Debby Ryan and Alyssa Milano.

Ryan plays the lead role of Patty, a high schooler taunted for being overweight who gets her chance at revenge after having her jaw wired shut over the summer break.

The trailer -- which shows Ryan in a fat suit -- was met with backlash as people claimed the show had a fat-shaming narrative.

Since the backlash erupted online the stars of the show, Milano and Ryan, have both released messages with Ryan releasing a full statement via social media.

"Twelve years into my own struggles with body image, struggles that took me in and out of terrible places I never want to go again," the 25-year-old actress wrote, "I was drawn to this show's willingness to go to real places about how difficult and scary it can be to move through the world in a body, whether you're being praised or criticised for its size".

"We're not in the business of fat shaming. We're out to turn a sharp eye on broken, harmful systems that equate thinness with worth."

Milano also tweeted, urging critics to not judge the show on the trailer and later appeared in a live Periscope video where she discussed the backlash in greater detail.

"I hope that those of you that tune in and see the full show -- there are 12 episodes -- and see what the show is about, will recognise that this is satire."

After reading the definition of satire, Milano continued saying the power of the show came from its ability to hold up a mirror to societal standards.

"I understand that entertainment can influence culture but also drive conversation."

If the series is about driving conversation the response to the trailer has certainly set that off -- for better or for worse.

All 12 episodes of Insatiable will be on Netflix August 10.