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Heartbreaking Moment Woman Is Fat Shamed Whilst Exercising In Nevada

Heartbreaking Moment Woman Is Fat Shamed Whilst Exercising In Nevada

This is heartbreaking to see.

Unity Blott

Unity Blott

A woman has captured the heartbreaking moment she was fat-shamed while exercising outside her house.

Joanna Jizzell from Las Vegas, Nevada, was using a skipping rope as part of her daily exercise routine when a stranger shouted at her as he drove past.

You can watch it here:

But the 28-year-old call centre worker, who already feels anxious about exercising in public, vows the won't let the upsetting exchange stop her fitness journey.

Joanna shared the video online to highlight the abuse overweight people receive whilst trying to get fit - as it's not the first time she's been heckled during her journey.

Since sharing the unpleasant encounter on TikTok, where it has gained more than 21 million views, Joanna has received thousands of supportive comments - and hopes sharing the clip will inspire others to do the same.

Joanna Jizzell was using a skipping rope when she was shouted at (
Kennedy News)

Joanna had never met the man before and was taken aback that a stranger would go out of their way to try and insult her size.

She said: "I'm always recording myself to document my journey, and it was a nice day out, so I figured I would be out jumping rope rather than staying inside.

"I'm usually very subtle about when I'm recording, because I don't like the attention. But this time I positioned my phone at the end of the driveway.

"About 10 jumps in, a car approached, and he yelled out at me. It took me aback, how could somebody be like that?

Joanna was left upset by the comments (
Kennedy News)

"It was a guy I'd never seen before. I've never seen him before, so what made him think he had the right to speak to me and tell me what to do, when I'm outside trying to better myself for my health?

"I was out there trying to better myself. I didn't go out in a bikini, going 'Hey, look at me.' Even if I was, what he said still wouldn't have been right.

"I don't get why anybody would do that. We keep to ourselves. I would never say something so opinionated to a stranger."

Joanna has been inundated with support since sharing the video online (
Kennedy News)

Joanna decided that she didn't want to let the incident go unrecognised and uploaded it to her TikTok account for her 844,000 followers to see.

She explained: "I uploaded it because it's very hard for those of us who are overweight to get started on the weight loss journey.

"I've heard about it from others too - they say they go to the gym and people are laughing and judging others, when all they're trying to do is work on their health.

"I wanted to show people that it's not easy for us. We're trying to lose weight and there are other people who are shaming you.

"Unfortunately, this isn't the first time this has happened. A few years back, when I was trying to lose weight, I was walking through my area when a group of people started yelling at me, 'What are you doing?'.

Joanna says the cruel comments make it difficult to stay motivated (
Kennedy News)

"I had my earphones in, but I could see them pointing and laughing. When stuff like this happens, it makes you not want to try. It almost makes you want to stay home and remain as you are, because others will judge you.

"But seeing all the love and support on TikTok made me feel so much better. It reminded me that there were good people out there in the world, as a bunch of strangers came together to give me love and support.

"The internet brings people together and I never felt this type of support from the people around me. They'll question me - 'Are you sure you'll be able to do it this time? I hope you stick to it'.

"But all the comments under my TikTok were so sweet, so amazing, so supportive.

"I was crying reading through them - I never thought I'd read this level of support."

Commenters on the video rallied around Joanna to show their support in light of the abuse she received.

TikTok user Robin said: "You are doing GREAT! Ignore the haters. They are unhappy with themselves and take it out on others. I'm jealous of how you can jump rope! I can't!'

Saya commented: "Do it again, do it again, they'll be so embarrassed that you didn't care about their opinion."

Leaha Hardwick said: "Do it again! Everyday! Smile and wave! Screw him! He [is] mad cause he can't make himself happy. DON'T LET HIM WIN. You inspire me daily!!!!'

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy