A woman whose photo was used in a cruel meme mocking her appearance has received a flood of support online.
Motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare condition that means her body can’t store fat.
She posted the meme on Instagram, writing:
I've seen a ton of memes like this all over Facebook recently. I'm writing this post not as someone who is a victim but as someone who is using their voice. Yes, it's very late at night as I type this but I do so as a reminder that the innocent people that are being put in these memes are probably up just as late scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human. I ask that you keep that in mind the next time you see a viral meme of a random stranger. At the time you might find it hilarious but the human in the photo is probably feeling the exact opposite. Spread love not hurtful words via a screen.
Her post has since recieved almost 29,000 likes.
Marfan syndrome, the condition Velasquez has, affects the body’s connective tissues, abd can also cause heart defects. It affects one in 3,000 people.
Since her post, Velasquez has celebrated the news that some of the accounts sharing the meme have been closed.