A mum who says she was bodyshamed in a supermarket shared her response on Facebook.
Charlie Stevens wrote about how she popped to the shops for gift tags when she noticed another woman staring at her.
Charlie, from Ohio in the US, explained that the woman then approached her and passed judgement about the clothes she was wearing.
“While there, I notice this woman, who was probably in her 50s, kept staring at me,” she said.
“I hate when people stare but didn’t say or do anything. A couple minutes later, she came up to me and said: ‘I think your clothes are a little too small on you’.”
Charlie, who had her five-month-old baby with her but had – “thankfully” – left her son, 4, at home, said she was caught a little off-guard by the cruel comment, but managed to remain calm and asked the woman, “Excuse me?”
Apparently the woman told Charlie that, “no offence, but you’re just a bit big to wear those type of clothes”.
Charlie said that normally, she’s usually quick to ‘lash out’ or express similar amounts of rudeness if somebody decides to provoke a reaction. But this time, she was completely shattered.
“I froze. Froze and cried,” she said.
The woman then allegedly told her: “I’m not trying to be mean but maybe just reconsider your outfit before leaving your house from now on.”
Charlie said she was too upset to finish her shopping and went and sat in her car and cried. Now, she wants people to think more carefully about the feelings of others.
She adds in her Facebook post: “How are people so rude? It’s no secret that I’ve gained weight throughout life. I’ve birthed two kids so it’s bound to happen.
“Do I realise I’m overweight? Yes. Do I want to be smaller? Yes. But am I okay with the way I look? Yes!! Why would a complete stranger go out of their way to insult someone?
“People have got to start being nice. Having common sense. Being respectful.”