By Marissa Miller, photography by Shari’s Berries/Flickr.com
“You know nothing about my life or my circumstances.”
We generally think of ice cream as the foundation of comforting social media material, but one woman’s Facebook post after leaving her local Dairy Queen sings a different tune.
Shauna Arocho, 27, from Illinois, begins a misty-eyed video detailing how she’d been fat-shamed while enjoying a free ice cream cone. In the video that’s currently been viewed over 10 million times, she says a car full of men stopped in the middle of the road, rolled down the window, and yelled “Eat that ice cream, you fat b*tch.”
“You know nothing about my life or my circumstances,” Shauna says about the haters. She says she has followed the Paleo diet since June and that she’s lost a total of 55 kilos, but that shouldn’t matter. Anyone should be able to eat a treat and not feel bad about it.
Shauna also raises the potential consequences of hurtful body-shaming like what she had experienced that day: “What if I had been in such a place that you saying that to me had made me go home and kill myself?” she says. “I’m not in that place, but I could have been.”
This incident is the latest in a string of unfortunate body-shaming events. This week, bodybuilder Diana Andrews proved she hasn’t learned from ex-Playboy model Dani Mathers when she posted a Snapchat of a fellow gym member with the words “love handles” captioned across her body. And a woman recently reported that one nail salon in Memphis, Tennessee, charged extra for a pedicure for obese people, which transcends any sort of logic or moral code.
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Thankfully, Shauna’s story ends on a happier note. She posted a new video on Wednesday thanking people for their kind words and support of her story. “I can’t even express how much all of your words have meant to me,” she said, promising to continue to share updates about her weight loss journey.
Can we all just agree that this woman (and all of us) deserve to treat ourselves? Clearly, we all have a ways to go when it comes to accepting people for who they are.
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com