“You need to lose weight." 

I thought I heard wrong.

Did the stranger I just walked by tell me that I need to lose weight? 

My steps slowed from its usual morning commute hustle. I felt my face starting to burn and my heart beat speeding up. 

I temporarily thought about turning around to give this man a hard look, but I picked up my gait again and continued walking.

I felt so angry. 

How dare this man, who I didn’t even know, say this to me? What right did he have? And what kind of a world do we live in where our bodies are at the whim of other people’s contempt? 

I just wanted to share this. I’m still processing it, and don’t have much more to say. 

I can shake this off, but I don’t want to. Because it is not ok. 

- Lisa

Lisa Lee