Imagine shopping at your local grocery store with your child. Normal. Now imagine a stranger approaching you—not to tell you, say, that your scarf fell onto the floor or that you have toilet paper stuck to your shoe (thanks!). That would be normal, nice even. Instead, imagine the stranger telling you that your clothes are too small and that you should re-think your outfit before leaving the house. What?
That’s exactly what happened to Charli Stevens of Ohio. "She looked at me and said, 'I think your clothes are a little too small on you,'" Stevens told TODAY Parents. "I was completely shocked and so caught off guard that the only thing I could say was, 'Excuse me?'"
This kind of thing should not be happening. Not only is fat-shaming incredibly rude and hurtful, it also doesn’t help. It may even contribute to health issues in some women. A study in the journal Obesity published earlier this year showed that women who believe these types of negative comments are associated with “increased cases of metabolic syndrome, a combination of health issues that raise the risk for heart disease and diabetes,” according to a CNN story.
Stevens, who recently lost 50 pounds after having two children, according to the Today story, is taking a stand against not just fat-shaming but rudeness in general and for the need for respect. You can read it and see a picture of the outfit below.
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Tell us what you think? How would you have handled it if something similar happened to you?