Video: Overweight man harassed while trying to exercise
BEING harassed on his morning jog has driven Martin Evans to work harder and prove the bullies wrong.
Around 10am on Monday, Mr Evans was walking back to his car after a workout around East Shores when two men - cigarettes and cans in hand - yelled out to him.
"I'm not sure if they were talking at me or just loud enough so I could hear but they said 'look at the fat f**k, sweating and has no breath. (He) should be ashamed of himself'," Mr Evans said.
"When I got in my car, firstly I was really shaken but then I started to get really annoyed.
"What is wrong with people these days? They have no filter."
Disgusted, he posted about his experience on social media, but the response left him speechless.
"I just can't believe that over 4500 people have 'liked' (the post). I've had over 1000 comments of support."
Resident Rosie Coop heard about Martin's story on Monday night and met him down at East Shores yesterday for moral support.
"He really inspired me to get off my fat butt and exercise with him," Ms Coop said.
"It disgusted me that people would say stuff about him... if you don't have something nice to say don't say it at all."
Mr Evans said he just wanted to show the bullies he wasn't about to back down.
"Yes, I am overweight. Yes, I was sweating. Yes, I was out of breath, but that's what happens to most people when they exercise," he said.
"This is a message to everyone that no matter what people say - don't give up.
"I will take (their) words and I will use them to go (to East Shores) again tomorrow to be sweaty and out of breath but a little less overweight."
The community has rallied to support Mr Evans, with Lady in Black Soul Foods offering a week's worth of shred meals to help him on his journey.
ASN offered a care pack of supplements and Regan McDougall from Hub Fitness offered free personal training.