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Woman's Story About Being Fat-Shamed Goes Viral

An Illinois woman's Facebook post about being fat-shamed is going viral.

Shauna Arocho, 27, has been on a mostly paleo diet since June 2016, and has lost 120 pounds, the Daily Mail reported. She decided to treat herself to some ice cream on Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen with her husband on March 20.

But when the couple went to pick up their ice cream, a group of men stopped their car to verbally assault Arocho. She took to Facebook to share a video recounting the incident.

"As I'm sitting out there enjoying my ice cream cone, a car full of men stops in the middle of a busy road just so they can roll down their window and say 'Eat that ice cream, you fat b****,'" Arocho said in the video.

She provided more details in the video's caption:

Free ice cream cone day at Dairy Queen! I don't usually do this kind of thing, but I feel that it's very important. I'm a 27 year old woman, and I get bullied very regularly. What do people get out of it? What if your words had been the final straw? You never know what kind of place people are in emotionally. PLEASE think before you speak. I am working every single day to better myself. I know that I am fat, I don't need strangers yelling out their car window for me to see that. I'm not trying to get pity with this post, I am trying to get people to understand how detrimental bullying can be. Please share this.

Arocho, said she's lost more than 40 pounds since the beginning of 2017. Her diet consist of lean meats, fruit, vegetables and healthy fats. She's also tried temporarily cutting out dairy, sugar, grains and legumes.

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In the video, she wanted to highlight the consequences the group of men's actions could have had.

"What if I had been in such a place that you saying that to me had made me go home and kill myself?" Arocho said. "I'm not in that place, but I could have been. What do you get out of making me cry for the last 15 or 20 minutes?"

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"I don't hold any grudges against them," she added. "I pray for them and I just hope that maybe they'll see this."

Arocho's Facebook post was shared more than 400 times and received more than 1,000 comments of support in four days.

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"Im so sorry that those sorry excuse for humans were so mean to you," wrote one commenter. "Id like to say CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss and tell you YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL XOXO."

"Congradulations on all the weight you have lost. That is a huge accomplishment," wrote another. "People can be so evil, and you are still such a beautiful person. Sending love and support."

Sources: Daily Mail, Shauna Arocho/Facebook / Photo credit: Facebook via Daily Mail

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