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Woman Photographs Strangers To Show How People React To Overweight People
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Woman Photographs Strangers To Show How People React To Overweight People

When photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero decided to take pictures of herself in environments that made her feel uncomfortable, she didn’t expect to come up with another project that earned her a world-wide fame. “Wait Watchers” is a social experiment in a form of series of photos collected into one book that capture how passers-by react to overweight people they see on the street.

Back in 2010, after taking a self-portrait on some steps in Times Square, the photographer noticed that a man behind her was staring at her instead of posing for his own picture. He did it for a while, so for the photographer it was obvious that he was indeed judging her. “I’ve heard people make comments on my weight, but I never thought I’d be able to capture that on film,” Morris-Cafiero further explained her wish to further explore situations like that.

The woman would set up a camera with a tripod in any public place that she thought was interesting and took pictures of herself doing normal things like talking on the phone or eating ice cream. She never dressed up for the occasion as she didn’t want her clothes to attract attention, and she never did anything to provoke the looks of people that she captured on film.

After publishing the photos Morris-Cafiero received a lot of comments encouraging her to start exercising, put more effort into dressing up, and maybe start wearing makeup so people wouldn’t look at her the way they do. This inspired her to continue with the series but this time she tried to photograph the reactions of strangers when she does exactly what the internet suggested her to do. And while the woman was trying to improve herself for others, the reactions of them were still the same.

The photographer, who struggled with eating disorders in the past and suffers from Hypothyroidism, claims that she doesn’t care what people think of her and this project is not made to make anyone feel bad. “I don’t do it out of anger. I consider it a social experiment. It’s not a ‘gotcha!’ kind of sensationalism. But it is taking the camera and reversing the gaze of the stranger back on to them. I think it’s a barometer of society, really.”

The series has stirred some controversy online, as not everyone supports the photographer’s claims. While the pictures do capture strangers glancing at the photographer, no one can claim with an absolute certainty that all of the looks are mocking or judging. According to many commenters online, the strangers are not necessarily negative when looking at someone, they just might have been curious about the camera or something outside the frame.

What are your thoughts on this project? Scroll down to see the pictures and let us know what you think in the comments.

More info: haleymorriscafiero.com | Twitter

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

 

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image credits: Haley Morris-Cafiero

The full series can be found on a book that Haley Morris-Cafiero published here

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

While it's true that people are too quick to judge with just one look, Seems to me that most people here are simply curious because they see a camera and someone posing, which is kinda unusual. People take selfies with sticks, usually, and it's not so common to see a tripod, so it catches attention. Unless the camera was hidden, like a "candid camera" of some sorts.

Rafaella Bueno
Community Member
4 years ago

I was thinking the same thing the entire article. Sorry, but I always look at people when they're taking selfies, specially if it's in a place where, to me, there's no reason to take a selfie (a random street vs the beach or a monument) and even more if they're posing a lot, and/or in the way like she is in some of the photos. Mostly I don't even register what they look like, at most what they're wearing. I'm just thinking "why the hell are you taking a selfie here?" If I ever judge those people, it's for having selfie sticks out in the middle of a busy street.

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Dara
Community Member
4 years ago

Huuummmm, I don't think most of the people were even looking at her. I dindt feel the shaming, I acctually saw like 2 or 3 people realy paying her some attention.

Diane Meyer
Community Member
4 years ago

I was thinking that none of these people are shaming anyone. People look at other people- that's part of being alive. Next will be people complaining that NO ONE is looking at them.....just live people! Please, try to make this world a better place, and just LIVE!!!

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
4 years ago

What? it's just some people looking at her or looking vaguely her way. Some are obviously staring at her, which can certainly be uncomfortable and make me feel slightly bad for her. I have no idea what that cop was thinking. Was he trying to be funny? Others, however, just seem to be a bit of a stretch. For example, the guy sitting at the table and Time's Square doesn't really seem to be staring at her. Or the woman with the loaf of bread in front of the Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona (my hometown!) seems to be looking at something past her. What do you guys think?

Rafaella Bueno
Community Member
4 years ago

I think the cop was just trying to photobomb her. He's not touching her, just hovering the hat over her head so she doesn't notice what he's doing. I've seen people who do that, randomly do something to people who are posing for photos, it's just a silly joke. I agree staring can make us uncomfortable, but as someone with low self esteem that is trying to rewire my negative brain, just because someone is looking at you for a while, doesn't mean they're judging you badly, and even if they are, it's not necessarily because of what you think it is - we just tend to assume that because WE are insecure and self conscious about that trait, so it feels like everybody else must be paying attention to it too.

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Andrew Duncan
Community Member
4 years ago

This is depressing for the people accused of "fat shaming" when the look towards the lady could be anything in their own minds, interest, confused etc.

Rafaella Bueno
Community Member
4 years ago

This lady has severe self esteem issues. I have them too, so I say from experience. When you're super self conscious, your brain instantly assumes everybody must hate you as much as you do and for the same reasons, so pretty much anything anybody does can feel like they're judging you. They're looking at you? It's because you're ugly. They're not looking at you? It's because you're ugly! And it's hard and takes time to start consciously trying to change that negative train of thought.

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Fluffy Unicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

Why overweight people think that it's always about them? What if this people aren't looking at her but at something behind the frame or next to her? Are we now shaming everyone who even walk next to overweight people and dare to look somewhere near them?

Gabi Horvath
Community Member
4 years ago

Exactly. I am overweight and I don't feel the need to constantly bawl about, cry fat shaming, or banging on my chest "accept me otherwise you're shit" What I can do about is that I eat healthy, work out, dress prettily and pay attention to hair and make up. And then one day I'll feel good in my skin. That's all and nothing more.

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Samantha Bing
Community Member
4 years ago

Some of these people are just looking in her direction not judging.

Rusty S.
Community Member
4 years ago

To be fair you can't say that a single person here is judging her regardless of their facial expression. They could have laughed at something else and looked in her direction. Its objectively judgmental of her to assume that everyone else is looking and judging her. Its also a common trait of depressed people to assume everyone around them is thinking the worst of them. Its actually a form of unhealthy mental delusion, people are generally FAR more concerned with their own lives.

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Kimberly Robinson
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm fat and I certainly don't think everyone should be rail thin. But, there is a way to carry yourself when you have extra weight and a way to dress. She fails on both counts. With the bad haircut, ill-fitting clothes and dorky, Buster Brown shoes she looks, frankly, like a retarded child in some of those photos. Plus, anyone holding a map will get looks because people may wonder if you're lost. She can't assume what people are thinking.

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
4 years ago

Exactly. She's the one constantly judging strangers she encounters on the street, many of whom probably just feel curious to see the camera and someone posing in front of it. Now, I'm sure several of these people are without a doubt staring at her. Her wardrobe isn't flattering her at all, sadly, at it catches people's attention. There are many factors here, not just being overweight.

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anarkzie
Community Member
4 years ago

I think the only thing that can be taken away from this is that, is that she's suffers from insecurities, we have no idea why they're looking at her, if you photoshopped in a Victoria secret model, we simply add a different narrative in our heads as to why they're looking neither of which would necessarily represent the truth.

Joe Marquez
Community Member
4 years ago

well if you’re a grown woman sitting on a swing, youll definetly get stares

Potato
Community Member
4 years ago

Well there were lots of free swings and I like swinging myself. But not all swings are made to support adult weight, don't know about these specific ones though.

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Mike Scott
Community Member
4 years ago

Two tings: First, many of these people aren't even looking at the woman, they're obviously looking past her (you can tell by how far behind or in front of her they are). Second, you can't say for certain that they're staring at her with contempt. They could simply be curious about the camera (or, as in one photo, why an adult is swinging on a swing set obviously meant for children). Maybe these people were annoyed that she set up her camera tripod on obviously busy walkways or paths. You can find anything in a completely subjective photo - it seems to me that this woman chose to set herself up for stares or looks, then called out the very activity that she herself caused. I wonder how many looks she'd have had if she'd set up her tripod on the side of the walkway. Pity we'll never know.

Laurie Price-Soto
Community Member
4 years ago

I've been fat since childhood. There is a difference between positive and negative attention. The fat acceptance movement has finally made a change in society: I am now free to appear in public without fear of strangers shouting at me, throwing soda/paint on me, or harassing me until I went home (all of which was common in the 1990s). The OP does not understand: if you're behaving strangely in public, people will stare. If a rail thin person had done the same experiment, she would have seen the same results. A tripod on a public crosswalk, on a children's playground, or in the middle of a busy sidewalk will *always* cause stares, regardless of anyone's dress size.

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Rusty S.
Community Member
4 years ago

A better title might be: "Insecure woman confirms she can't read people's minds, reinforces own confirmation bias and continues to wish everyone ELSE will change." A bit long winded but gets the point across I think.

Captain Planet
Community Member
4 years ago

100% agree. Very sad and ironic.

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Bobosteke
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't see anything wrong in most if the pictures. You deliberately put yourself in positions where you can be stared at and then blame people for staring. Honestly were you expecting? You hurt people who have a legitimate claim to things with this "me too" syndrome. Abeg shift!

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't see her being shamed in any of these photos.

Teleri Nyfain
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4 years ago

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There are a couple tho...

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Stille20
Community Member
4 years ago

She started off with the thesis, people are judging me and then sought to prove it. This is neither productive nor is it accurate.

Captain Planet
Community Member
4 years ago

If she truly didn't care what people think she wouldn't asume that guy was judging her. If you ask me. She's probably asuming that because she is more self consious and biased because people probably DO make or have made remarkt or comments about her weight. However you can't asume he's looking because of the thoughts you have. Anyone will look at things are are uncommon or just interesting to watch. I watch people take pictures at themselves too for long sometimes. And it doesn't matter if they are overweight or really thin. Also if you didn't care what people think you wouldn't say you were "inspired" to continue the series exactly because people make comments about your appearance. So many contradictions in this piece of text. Just be honest and say you do care, ALOT. You're standing still in front of a BIG proffesional camera on a tripod probably offcourse people are going to look wether you are overweight or not.

Rafaella Bueno
Community Member
4 years ago

I am heavily insecure and I agree with this 100%. People who think they're being judged all the time (ironically judging others in the process) do so because they're self conscious, and it absolutely doesn't say anything about the ones looking, just about herself.

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stellermatt
Community Member
4 years ago

she seems to have just stopped in the middle of busy places, which is bound to piss people off, like 'get out the way, we're all walking here'. you'd get that whatever you look like.

Luca Giordano
Community Member
4 years ago

Sometimes people just stand out. On account of their looks or fashion choises. It isn't always shaming. Sometimes it is just ..standing out. I'm a chubby dude myself and find that often you are your own worst enemy when it comes to the way you look and what people think about you in that sense. Projection is a powerful thing. And then there will always be those around you who are governed by their own stupidity and anxieties. They will always exist and it's best not let them into the equation.

Ben Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Ahh.... The American youth. Looking for controversy where there is none. I wonder how many hundreds of pictures she took to find a few where some people were curiously looking at a woman posing for a picture in a public space...

d bradley
Community Member
4 years ago

she reached her conclusion before she even got the camera out the door

Fiona Messenger
Community Member
4 years ago

Now wear clothes appropriate to your size and do the same stunt. Think you'll find fewer people stare. You're welcome. (Oh, I'm size 22 btw)

Carmen Terrell
Community Member
4 years ago

What is inappropriate about her clothes? (Size 20, btw) They seem to fit her fine. The only ones that were super clingy were the swimwear, which are supposed to fit like that. She is at the beach or headed to or from there. Swimwear is appropriate in that situation. What should she be wearing, a potato sack?

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Lara L.
Community Member
4 years ago

Unpopular opinion coming through: 1. It's obese. Overweight is an understatement. 2. If she feels insecure about her weight, she might consider going to a doctor, who just might be able to help her. 3. Why do people WANT to make obesity normal? Every other illness gets treated differently. No one with diabetes or a wheelchair would promote his illness to other people.

Rafaella Bueno
Community Member
4 years ago

Some people do make it seem like they want obesity to be normal, but I think most people (or I'd like to believe that, anyway) just want to not be ridiculed for being where they are. I mean, once you start working on losing weight, it can take a long time to actually lose enough to not be obese anymore... making fun of and acting disgusted with people who are obese right now, even though they could very well be doing as much as they can already to try and lose weight, isn't going to help anyone at all. People don't have to think obesity is good or even okay, they should just try not to act like dicks around obese people. If someone made fun of someone on a wheelchair, other people would be rightfully outraged, right? Should be the same with obesity too, then.

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Patricia Ruiz
Community Member
4 years ago

Just to let her know, I believe she might be suffering from lymphedema. The shape of her legs makes me think so. It's a lymphatic system disorder.

porcupine
Community Member
4 years ago

All I see are people looking at her. Are they supposed to look at the ground when they’re walking and not at anyone they’re walking past?

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
4 years ago

Okay, I'm confused. Am I supposed to look or not look? Make eye contact or not? Ignore her? Just what is the protocol? I also need a list of people I'm supposed to worry about offending. I can't seem to keep up.

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
4 years ago

Every time someone looks at me, I feel so ashamed. When will this crap end? It's not OK to be bad to someone because of their weight, but it's also not OK to promote obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.

Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
4 years ago

Some of them were obviously judging her. Others were just looking at her because she was in the way or acting strangely. I think it’s less about being fat and more about being supposedly unattractive.

Nuniek Widiayani
Community Member
4 years ago

I think those people just looking at her because she posed on the street, some of the guy just checking her out

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
4 years ago

While I don't doubt that this is at least partially true, there's a lot of missing context with these still shots. In several of them she's very clearly just standing in people's ways. In others she's looking depressed. And in all of them we don't know what she was actively doing that may have attracted attention to herself. How long was she standing there taking photos? How many times was she actively in people's faces like with the dress? This set of photos is meant to highlight a real issue, but it's also very disingenuous.

Hazel Waring
Community Member
4 years ago

1) Most people aren't even looking at her. 2) Of course people will look if you're pulling a funny pose in front of a tripod-mounted camera, it's called curiosity. 3) If you're going to play the victim, at least prove it properly.

Alana GarciaGalvez
Community Member
4 years ago

this just made me depressed, this is what we treat each other in this world and most of the time we do not even notice to. how sad really.

Carrie Ann Allen
Community Member
4 years ago

Umm, how do I put this plainly? People have eyes. They use them to navigate around people standing in their way taking pictures.

Cassandra
Community Member
4 years ago

This should be re-titled 'People looking at other people'. Because that's all it is.

ieniemienieme
Community Member
4 years ago

i think more than half of these are not because she is overweight

Mel
Community Member
4 years ago

There is no guarantee in most of these photos that people are looking at her. In one photo, she has a map out. People are most likely curious as to why she has a map rather than her phone. This is a horrible experiment as you can't tell what people are truly looking at or thinking.

Kaiden Coughlin
Community Member
4 years ago

This makes me angry. I understand that there is judgment towards some people who are overweight, but so many of these shots could be catching someone mid-turn, or laughing about something totally different. It isn't fair to assume all of these people are judging this girl automatically

The Dreaded Geek
Community Member
4 years ago

Come on, if you were on a playground with your child and a depressing-looking adult woman took a seat on a swing next to you to take a photo, you would probably give her a look too.

Sarah Elizabeth
Community Member
4 years ago

Results aren’t controversial. No one thinks this is fat shaming.

Thomas Es Thomas
Community Member
4 years ago

Personally, I avoid awkward pictures involving people I don't know. If I am photographing an event then it's perfectly okay to get as many shots in as I can, but usually not of myself. Unless you're hiking in Europe or someplace exotic, selfies are extremely self-centered and can be considered quite rude. When in public don't make yourself the center of attention. That's not what being a photographer is about. I'll post a few shots on my own page soon.

Owiella Freddie
Community Member
10 months ago

I don't see anything in these photos that would be different from any other sized model. It's a photo shoot, so people are going to look simply out of curiosity. "Look! Someone taking a picture with an expensive [assumed because of the tripod] camera. What are they photographing?" Happened to me ALL.THE.TIME!!! I'm a landscape photographer, and I've developed the practice of travelling with a massive golf umbrella simply to hide my photo gear for when I pull over to the side of the road to get that amazing shot. If I don't conceal the tripod, next thing you know 5 other cars have pulled over just to see what it is you are photographing. It becomes a real problem when the noise they create scares away the animal you are trying to capture or changes the spirit of the scene with added shadows or vehicle headlights. I also have to ask: Why are her feet turned in on these shots? Was she deliberately trying to entice a certain reaction from those around her (reactions not just about size)?

Laura Harvey
Community Member
3 years ago

The people in the photos are not even looking at her on most pics .... And the rest are probably coincidental. This is an important issue, I get that. But this isn't portraying what she thinks it is . It comes across as narcissistic and desperate to try and prove a point that in this instance just sn't there.

Invid
Community Member
4 years ago

LOL!

Private Name
Community Member
4 years ago

People think this is for obese people, but they’re wrong. It happens to anyone who isn’t beautiful or rich or closer to either ideal than further away. It can happen if you’re too short, if you’re from a different culture (business, ethnicity, age, sex, etc). The error arises when people value judge on limited information. Don’t believe me? Go walk around a mall as a 30 year old guy. Just be alone and walk around. You’ll start to feel like a loser. Like you don’t have any friends. Like you’re a freak. Even if you manage to ignore how people will communicate their impressions to you, and get used to walking around, go back and walk around with a ten year old girl who, for example, is your niece or friends daughter. You’ll see how some people look at you: you can see it because if they accuse you with the face of being some pervert, there is nothing you can do because they can blame it on your interpretation. Everyone deals with the stupidity of others.

Alison Marchand
Community Member
4 years ago

I hope you don't regularly feel this way! Lots of people are genuinely just looking around and, with so many people in one place, catch sight of people for no particular reason other than being in their line of sight. That being said, there are definitely judgmental people out there everywhere you go, and it's easier said than done, but you'll feel more at peace if you don't care what their judgments are. Just remember that people can be wrong, and often are. People could believe any crazy thing no matter how untrue it is, so you have to just know for yourself that you're okay and have nothing to worry about. So for what it's worth here's at least 1 person who wouldn't think you're a loser, freak, or anything like that, and I know there are tons of others who would say the same :)

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Bella Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Mixed emotions she is fat and should try to get healthier but then people have no right to judge things like that so quickly and to stare and judge

Jen
Community Member
4 years ago

This has got to be the stupidest shit I've seen. A couple of those shots are in New York City and we New Yorkers sure as hell don't judge and stare. Do you know the shit we see on a daily basis? An old man in a thong with a parrot on his head will barely get a side glance here.

Thomas Es Thomas
Community Member
4 years ago

"Creepy woman photographs strangers and lies to Pandas."

Sterno
Community Member
4 years ago

Regardless of the public settings, she legally needs to get release forms for the noticeable people in the shots, otherwise can't she be sued for slander? Any lawyers out there?

djinnjeannie
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes and there's is absolutely nothing legally actionable about posting photos in a public place without getting releases from the random people in the shots.

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Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

While some of the people looking at her may be judging her on her looks, I only saw this because of the expressions on their faces as looks of disgust. There is no denying that bit. I also think she put herself in positions that draw attention to herself so of course people would look at her. While fat shaming is a real thing, I do believe in a look of these pics, arnt about her weight, they may be about what she is wearing. In my mind, I was judging her more on her clothes as most of them were too tight on her body and exposed her "rolls" which is not flattering on any size woman. My cousin is a large woman herself but you don't think about that because she knows her body type and dresses accordingly. She has a flattering hair style, knows how to do her makeup right and her clothes look great on her. Yes I know this is all superficial, but we all judge each other on what we looks like. If you look like a slob, no matter your size, it just looks wrong on any size body. Am I wrong here?

Andrew Batmann
Community Member
4 years ago

Shocker! If you stand around like an idiot in tight-ass clothes with a dopey-spaced-out look on your face and a camera pointed at you - yeah, people are gonna look! This isn't half the sociopolitical commentary it wants to be. Poor quality photos with what ultimately amounts to a regressive message that actually make the subject/ author come across as immensely unlikeable.

Marjorie Smales
Community Member
4 years ago

Sadness; I feel sad about this.

Debbie Lyn Jones (Deb)
Community Member
4 years ago

With the little boy in the swing, she looked very sad in her swing. I think this is what caught their attention.

Piet Zwanenburg
Community Member
4 years ago

Don't blame others for your issues.....

Linzi Pruitt
Community Member
4 years ago

It's so sad that people can cause so much hurt to others with just a glance, but it appears to me that the majority of these pictures are not what they are being labeled as. Most of the people seem to be looking at the camera, looking toward the general direction of this woman but not at her, or squinting due to the sun. And if glancing at someone is hateful and degrading, I'm an evil b**ch because I love people watching. However, I don't stare at people and I don't laugh at or make fun of any one, ever. I'd be devastated to see myself in one of these pictures, being accused of negatively "reacting to an overweight person" when all I was actually doing was walking near someone who took my picture at the worst possible second. That's as bad as being a body shamer, IMO.

Antonio Celso Ribeiro
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't think people is (over)reacting at her. Most of them are pretty curious of just what are going on, just that! And b.t.w. she's pretty normal (and cute), and if she's fine with her body or her health, no one should give a damn about!!!

Sansa Blacktyde
Community Member
4 years ago

When it comes to body shape everyone is always criticising. I was very very over weight and as it stands now i am just over half way to my goal of losing 6stone. I get people who still make me feel bad for being fat (which I am, just not as much as before) but I also get just as many people who tell me I don't need to lose any more weight! Best idea is for everyone to keep their opinions on someone else's body shape to themselves!

باندا
Community Member
4 years ago

It's sad that the human race acts like this. Shame on us.

SanchaTheSeeker
Community Member
4 years ago

The police one is kinda hilarious

Fester Sixonesixonethree
Community Member
4 years ago

This is just terribly unfair. There are many plus size ladies that actually take care to dress themselves well, to groom themselves - unlike the women in this photographs. The least you could do is SHOW some of the women who actually care about their looks - regardless of their size. Overweight does NOT have to mean ugly.

Carmen Terrell
Community Member
4 years ago

Since when does “average” mean ugly? Her clothes aren’t ratty or dirty or worn through. They fit her fine. She is dressed in normal clothes - how did she not “take care to dress herself well”? And what is not groomed about her? The fact that she isn’t wearing five pounds of makeup or hairspray? She looks fine. Does she look like she is headed to a fashion show? No. But why does walking in public or to the beach require that?

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Nancy Albro
Community Member
4 years ago

I wonder if a well dressed, plus size woman...hair done with a little make-up, would get the same reaction?

Rachel Russell
Community Member
4 years ago

One guy actually seemed to be checking her out

Crochet lady
Community Member
4 years ago

In all fairness is it possible people are staring and trying to figure out who she is because she's being photographed?

Painting Puddles
Community Member
4 years ago

Honestly in some of the pictures she's by a tourist attraction of sorts. They weren't looking at her in those pictures--but the tourist attraction.

Fireworksworld
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't get why overweight persons need to post that kind of things again and again. Ok it's not cool, but deal with it. Fatness isn't a pride, it's dangerous, if you're doing something against it, be proud and ignore the people, because you know you're changing. If you're not doing anything, please, don't say anything, being fat is a right, forcing people to think in your way is not.

Martina Třešková
Community Member
4 years ago

I think the problem is not exactly the overweight, or at least not just that. It's that she attracts attention by having her pics taken, and honestly, the clothes she wears are just horrible. She has no style whatsoever, most of it doesn't fit her at all, let alone making her look good. On top of that she seems really neglected overall, no makeup, her face in most of these looks depressed... so I don't like this post at all because it's a clickbait. It's clearly not her weight that makes those people look the way they look.

William Kocour
Community Member
4 years ago

I think, that if you are standing in front of a camera on tripod for such a long time, people will stare, because it is something out of ordinary and it doesn´t mean that they are shaming someone. People mostly don´t even think about people around them, especially in a big city. Of course that there are mean people out there, no need of research to prove that, that´s just how the world is.

Romenriel
Community Member
4 years ago

Aw, one of the photos has been taken in my country!

JessyJoy
Community Member
4 years ago

They're not even looking at her in half the pictures, they're looking at their friend or in a shop window

Lylan Daina
Community Member
4 years ago

I honestly have no opinion on fat-shaming, except for the fact that if you are fat, you are fat, there's no shaming, it simply is a matter of fact

just a thought!
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes... It becomes shaming only when people regard it as a disability or something like that...

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Tara Raay
Community Member
10 months ago

I’m confused, most of these don’t seem like they’re reacting to her.

Sharon Huether
Community Member
10 months ago

some people do have a problem health wise to lose weight others do not. they have a problem with what they eat and do not care. maybe it is a very low self esteem. But they need to get medical help because being over weight can cause many health problems including death

Ladislav Pollo
Community Member
10 months ago

This is totaly stupid.... people just look at another people on the streets all the time - fat or not.

Donna Swallow
Community Member
10 months ago

When she is looking sad on the swing I think the 'father and child' might actually be worrying about her and wondering if she's o.k. I would definitely look at a sad person on a swing and wonder if they were alright. I am not sure that all these onlookers are thinking the bad thoughts which she is assigning to them.

no_name
Community Member
10 months ago

I think lady reads something that just simply isn't there or tries to make waves. I too often have weird frowny face while walking because my mind riffles through dozens of ideas and topics at the same time and sometimes I let my eyes briefly slide to someone who may catch my interest for any unsignificant reason and the interest is gone almost instantly. It's not necessarily because of what they look like, more like what they do or what they point at or when they say something louder than usual. It's just the way it is. Curiosity.

Gregory Dark
Community Member
3 years ago

"If you've been fat, you will always feel and see the world as a fat person; you know how difficult it is..." - Caitlin Moran, Moranthology

Treasure Brown
Community Member
4 years ago

She’s oddly dressed and making a bit of a spectacle. Of course people will look! I’m 225 pounds. I don’t think people watch me in my daily gattings about. However, if I was wearing something strange; mix matched; standing pigoned toed; with a camera pointing at me; while I looked at a map???? Yes. I would think people were looking at me.

Hallie Lafon
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe one or two people were judging her, but I mostly saw people in their day-to-day lives. One child was looking at a stranger. One boy was with his friends and heard a funny joke. One woman was looking at why some lady had such a large map in the way of traffic. One woman wanted to see what she was eating, for maybe she'd want some too. One girl wanted to see what the woman was so interested in looking at. Some might have even been looking at her outfit (or even maybe her butt) but I saw very little judgement, and it only came from people who look like they need to judge to feel better about themselves- young and inexperienced. Also, like other comments say, she looks like she's posing or trying to get attention. As a larger girl, I see nothing wrong with any of the photos simply because people will look for one reason or another, and the real justice comes from being adult enough to ignore them and carry on with your life.

Taikkisu Kisunen
Community Member
4 years ago

Why not try and lose some weight, feel much better after. :)

Jeri Plummer Holder
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm sorry, but I just do not see it. It looks like people are looking at her like "What in the world are you doing"? In fact I think you all set out with the narrative to see people's reaction to a heavy set woman. But she places herself posing, in extremely strange places. Who stops in the middle of where people walk or a beach or in the way of a biker? I would look her weird too. Then picks up a short way to small for her body facing store traffic. Come on, this isn't just seeking pity, it screams it. She isn't that big, but tried extremely hard to dress to get a few stares. I'm not buying it. People are mean, but in this case not so much. Anyway, I hope she does try to lose weight if that is her goal. But seeking attention and putting it here, on line, she may have a medical issue. Just saying.

Connie Boring
Community Member
4 years ago

I think this photographer is really reaching as far as they’re topic goes. To me it looks like they captured a single second in time where the camera merely stopped an eye movement or head turn in the subject’s direction. I don’t see that she was the object of their attention at all. Stop trying trump up insults where there aren’t any.

Bambi Flanner
Community Member
4 years ago

I’d hang out with her. Definitely. I don’t see the issue. Seems like some people are looking at her shoes, some are looking past her. People look at people. It’s what we do. Too much time on her hands, and a lack of self confidence. Stop looking at people you think might be looking at you. Just live. Be conpmfortable. Thank God we aren’t all the same shape and size.

Heather Davis
Community Member
4 years ago

while i understand what some people are saying ( if there is a camera there, people are going to glance or look and see whats is picture worthy) BUT.. it's the ones who are flat out LAUGHING that really irritate me. There is no denying that some of those people are just being down right mean. There is no reason to ever laugh at any one in a bathing suit of any sort. I'm sorry. i can see it.. and you are blind if you do NOT see it.

Danka Serisova
Community Member
4 years ago

Everyone is looking at fat people like this.. Because we’re fat, that means we are ugly too for them. But not everything slim is beautiful...

Kaitlyn Schulz
Community Member
4 years ago

those people are judging her

Jaimes Lyn Bronsonavich
Community Member
4 years ago

Most of these comments are seething with projections of the commenters' own insecurities. How are all of you insecure shit-nuggets going to judge anything accurately when yall can't even see past your own arseholes.

Pet lover!❤️
Community Member
4 years ago

As being overweight myself for my age this makes me sad at how fast people are to judge.

Kireina
Community Member
4 years ago

Lol, all these people were just caught in bad freeze frames. Why does everything gotta be so negative? This article was just looking for attention. Smh...

Coffee
Community Member
4 years ago

People stare at other people regardless of their size or shape. People just love to look around them. If it's not her, it's someone else. It has nothing to do with fatness

Gabrielle M.
Community Member
4 years ago

People are assholes!

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
4 years ago

yeah they weren't reacting to her being fat. they were reacting to her weird poses and the camera. relax, girl

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 years ago

When will severely overweight people begin to focus on the health aspect instead of on the looks of their bodies. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Obesity leads to health problems and lives cut short. Both statements are true

Kawaii Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

Merriam Webster, we need a definition change. Fat should be: fantastic, attractive, and talented. Thank you, good day.

Christa Russell
Community Member
4 years ago

People are awful. Completely awful.

Lucky Gaudiau
Community Member
4 years ago

There are at least 3 openly laughing at her and at least 6/7 more clearly regarding her with disdain. Granted we don't know why they are laughing or irritated with her but I'd be willing to believe that she's on point. The sheer number of people who have downvoted this story (I've never seen that happen) seems to prove her point even more.

Hawk
Community Member
4 years ago

I only down voted this bc it’s sad that the world is like this

LaDarryl Hollingsworth
Community Member
4 years ago

Seems to me like shes doing something to make people look her way in semi-disgust. Maybe she's making a fart noise. There's nothing disgusting about her, especially not disgusting enough to scoff at.

Jude
Community Member
4 years ago

What gets me about her story is her saying she has hypothyroidism and saying it's the cause (or contributes to) her weight. I'm really tired of hearing people use hypothyroidism as the reason for being overweight. I know because I have hypothyroidism myself and even when it was at its worse (basically, as my doctor said, it was barely functioning), I had only gained about 15-20 lbs extra. Once under control, a person will notice they have more energy and motivation to exercise.

Drew Goodman
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe she has a kick me note on her back and that's why people are looking at her

David Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

In a lot of these pictures, she's just standing in the way like a dumbass. No matter what your body type, if you stand in the middle of a busy sidewalk or bike path with a camera on a tripod, people are going to look at you. Or if you're a full grown adult in a playground sitting on a swing for that matter.

Jace
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm in agreement with several other commentators. i think she's doing a lot of self-conscious interpretation. Surely people react to overweight people, and some do so more strongly than others, but i don't think what we see in these photos is entirely people reacting to her body alone (or even at all, in several cases). The more awkward one looks, regardless of the individual ingredients of awkwardness, the more attention it is likely to garner in public. Especially if you're standing there for a camera, while everyone else is coming and going. Especially again, if you have an awkward stance. People also react to photographers just for being photographers. I can't go out in public with a camera and not have some people react to my presence with it.

Sam Kunz
Community Member
4 years ago

Umm. This is a whole lot of "They're not looking at you, they are wondering why you are acting oddly in front of a camera". Some people are so self absorbed they think the world revolves around them. In the one pic this lady claims she is being mocked in, the woman is not even looking at her but at something past her. Drama Queen.

cactus123456789
Community Member
4 years ago

❤️i love this

Leanne Emmerton
Community Member
4 years ago

I think everyone in previous comments is right, they are looking in her vague direction or not even in her direction, or looking because of what she is doing like when she has a map they might be wondering if she needs help or they might be wondering why she has her exercise gear on in the middle of the street or they are looking at the blue shirt, green shorts and red shoes and wondering at her fashion sense. It seems like it’s set up to show a certain point of view, in which it fails miserably. If anything it shows the opposite of what she is saying about fat shaming.

Daniel Thackeray
Community Member
4 years ago

All I see are people who are either amused by the fact she is posing in these locations, curious as to why, or irritated that she is in their way. Anyone would attract attention by doing this regardless of their size. Pointless 'project'.

Chico Martins
Community Member
4 years ago

That is just idiotic. They're forced situations, to get some negative attention. Just stupid.

Anne
Community Member
4 years ago

What is this Photo serie about?

Penelope Allingham
Community Member
4 years ago

I could see a few photos where people may have been looking at her, some could easily have been looking past her at a shop window in one case, for oncoming traffic in another. Where she is sitting on a child's small swing or posing oddly she may have aroused some curiosity. In one she is walking into the ocean holding a purse. I would probably have looked at her myself and wondered 'Why?'.

Kimberly Todisco
Community Member
4 years ago

There are so many overweight people on this planet, she is nothing new...people wouldn’t stare like she’s a freak, it’s the norm now. She IS the general population!

Debra Redford
Community Member
4 years ago

I think some were judging her. And I think those officers should be ashamed of themselves.

Bored Cat
Community Member
4 years ago

Is she even allowed to post the pictures with children in them...?

Ashley Lopez
Community Member
4 years ago

Every size is beautiful we are all different embrace it! :)

Cherron Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't know that the people were looking at her because she is overweight. Most of America is overweight. It is no big deal to see an overweight person anymore. Some of the people who were looking were quite plump themselves!

Keith Horsey
Community Member
4 years ago

Most of these people aren't even looking at her.

Ginny Boston
Community Member
4 years ago

People, and you wonder why young women have poor body shape images!!! Body shaming is becoming so prevalent in our society now and young ladies are dying from this. Bulimia is one of the ways the cope. Some have become cutters and then some commit suicide. Is this what our world has become??? I pray that this poor body image can be turned around before many more suffer its effects. All females have beauty. **GOD** did not make junk!! When God made us, he fashioned us in his image. Please help to teach young women that we are all beautiful in our own way.

Lark
Community Member
4 years ago

If she's published these pictures without getting a release form signed by the folks in the photos, she's open to many lawsuits!

ForkNBeans
Community Member
4 years ago

This is a big nothing. If anything, she's trying to draw attention to herself with awkward poses, weirdly placed feet, strangely inappropriate actions... she's baiting, and I see no reactions from anyone. People are pretty much just glancing because she's shuffling a map about, or looking because she's just sat down, or looking at a store window to see what she is looking at. Well, you get the point. And big whoop on the hypothyroid..I'm hypothyroid, my size zero sister is hypothyroid, and with medication that's another big no deal.

Aish Siva
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm just saying, I'd totally be that person who looks at her...not for any reason than that I see everyone i pass by. I've noticed that many people look straight ahead or actively avoid eye contact EVEN when they know me bc they don't want any awkward conversations ugh. That being said, some of these looks are definitely judge-y but some seem to be innocuous glances, curiosity or people looking in her general direction. In #4 she's doing something that would of course illicit at least a glance.

Aaron Kimpton
Community Member
4 years ago

This post is trash

Lira Mai
Community Member
4 years ago

i think she is misjudging these people, i think her real objective of doing this is she wants to be viral.

Zelda Paramount
Community Member
4 years ago

Jesus the people commenting here idiots. Guilty conscience? Some of the looks people are giving are ambiguous. They’re just may be looking at her. But there’s a lot of mocking looks. People don’t want to accept that. Classic. The fat person asserts themself everyone falls over themselves to disagree. I can’t believe the rating on this was *minus 103*. People going out of their way to down vote it, wow.

Mary Candy Horton
Community Member
4 years ago

A lot of these pictures people aren’t even looking at her. There is a lot of people who stare and judge over weight people which is unfortunate.

Sandra Nyberg
Community Member
4 years ago

Considering line of sight most seemed to be looking past her at something else or in the general direction of where she was. There were a couple that seemed to be however.

Terri Richardson
Community Member
4 years ago

I saw at least 4 pictures where people looking at her were laughing and a few where there were looks of disgust on their faces. So I don't find most of the people looking at this woman just being "curious" about her camera, tripod, etc.

KellsBells
Community Member
4 years ago

I would definitely say that there were a few people who were looking at her in a judgemental way but some of that could be because she is posing for pictures using a tripod. A couple could have been because she was wearing awful outfits that they would have judged any one for wearing (Blue top, green shorts and RED shoes??) To get people's true reactions, they need to be unaware of being watched. Such as the cop picture, my guess was it had noting to do with her at all, he was just trying to photobomb her in a humorous way since she was being so conspicuous about capturing a photo. But the majority, IMHO, were simply either looking in her general directions or trying to figure out why she was posing for photos with a tripod, especially when she was oddly posing.

Bill Whitford
Community Member
4 years ago

For me it raises the questions, "Is there beauty?, Is there ugliness, Is there average?, is there unusual?"

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
4 years ago

Boo f***ing hoo! You did that to yourself and you can undo it!

Oliver Jazz
Community Member
4 years ago

You don't know anything about her, it's possible that she has some health issues. And even if she doesn't, do you really think people choose to be fat? There are lots of things at play here, and most of them are not self discipline. Would you say the same thing to a poor person? We aren't born equal.

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Shirin Kamer
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't think people were actually looking at her. May be didn't want to photo bomb and tried to pass her quickly.

Peter Whitelegg
Community Member
4 years ago

Would agree. A lot of those expressions are ones that would be given to anyone standing in the middle of the street taking a photo.

Elle Ven
Community Member
4 years ago

First: she's not overweight, she's obese. Second: Those people are just looking and not really reacting... this "art project?!" has no meaning or message...

Quant
Community Member
4 years ago

This is what happens when you're morbidly obese, it's really not their fault.

Catherine Owen
Community Member
4 years ago

it seems to me like the camera taking the picture is often completely ignored, giving a real snapshot. i would love to get a coffee with Haley i like her. seeing faces of judgement and not faces of love made me feel sad xxx

Darlene Greezicki
Community Member
4 years ago

Why did she choose the outfits that she wore? Some of the attention she is getting is from those outfits, her general overall state of dishevelment, bad hair days, and stance. I imagine non-obese women would get odd looks too if they dressed her way . Does blame it all on the weight!

William Bongo
Community Member
4 years ago

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Ngo Minh Tuan
Community Member
4 years ago

Fat is fat, skinny is skinny. It's reality. Don't overthink it. If you want to be fat than be, but hey, no one like to be fat.

Krysta Pandoo
Community Member
4 years ago

None of these pictures are of people reacting to the heavy woman. Everyone is just wondering what the hell she's doing and curious about the camera. Or was your point about how we should never even glance at fat people because they're fat?

Samantha Beckett
Community Member
4 years ago

This has been floating around out there forever.. she poses or does weird things, or just flat out blocks foot traffic, and the resulting looks are supposed to be some kind of discrimination against fat people. Just no.

Mindy Keys
Community Member
4 years ago

I doubt that all of these people are staring because of the lady's weight. A lot look like coincidence - and more like someone looking for something to gripe about... I could be wrong.

Claudia Lorenz
Community Member
4 years ago

Some people may feel sorry for her because she looks sad in almost every picture.

Shiela Baudendistel
Community Member
4 years ago

I believe this story to be bogus. Most of the pictures seem like the onlookers are looking at other things or even the person taking the picture and not the girl. There are a couple pictures that look like they are giving her strange looks...but that could be just how it looks and nothing to do with her. I'm calling this one questionable.

Wes Giesbrecht
Community Member
4 years ago

Complete bullshit. I'm obese. People look at other people. We all do it. So what?

Diane DiPerna-Conti
Community Member
4 years ago

BostonIrish

Diane DiPerna-Conti
Community Member
4 years ago

I agree with with Daria B ....seems to me a lot of folks were just curious about the cameras - there were 3-4 who seemed to be a-holes - but the majority looked more like 'why is there a camera aimed at this woman ? ' kinda thing.......

Mike Benjamin
Community Member
4 years ago

I think some videos might be more revealing than pictures. The reactions are open to interpretation.

Miki Weasley
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm always afraid that people talk behind my back, though most of the time it isn't even true. This photo series is even worse. Yes, there are people who look down on other for such stupid reasons as being fat or whatever, but I don't think that's the case in most of the pics here

Ali Fincham
Community Member
4 years ago

That saddens my heary

Ali Fincham
Community Member
4 years ago

Heart when!

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The Famous Junkie
Community Member
4 years ago

This is BS. If you took enough photos of me in public, I’d find shot like that. Someone laughs at a friend’s joke, glances at me, photo at the right time, blam, same effect.

Mac Hayes
Community Member
4 years ago

It's her legs! Everybody is looking at her legs! I don't get why fat people so often insist on displaying emphatically their worst features to the public. It is really hard to judge someone's character accurately when all they show others is their ugliest features. It is a matter of 'normal' and 'abnormal' - if you consider the majority of people with certain feature to be 'normal,' while people with that feature looking very different are 'abnormal.'

Rob Galindo
Community Member
4 years ago

It looks like she's overacting and people around is overreacting.

Eddie77
Community Member
4 years ago

They are people like you and me alone with more volume and weight ... I do not like to look at those people with mockery or amazement, I do it like any other person ...

Jennifer Hood
Community Member
4 years ago

In most of the pictures she looks awkward or is in a strange pose and most people are just trying to figure out what the heck she is doing. She almost looks like a person who is mentally challenged or having a really bad day and is disheveled. People are curious by nature. Of course there are jerks out there who do fat shame, but if you took any kind of extraordinary person you would get mostly the same pictures.

G.
Community Member
4 years ago

She travel a lot, it's so nice!

G.
Community Member
4 years ago

She was in Peru, Cusco

Дженнер Восемь
Community Member
4 years ago

This article is terrible and should be removed.

Tessa Eldridge
Community Member
4 years ago

I saw maybe, MAYBE two people possibly looking at her. Otherwise. they're looking past her or looking at her because she is posing and someone is taking her picture.

Wynona Mcdonald
Community Member
4 years ago

They’re just checking her out to see who’s getting her picture taken. That’s all.

Wynona Mcdonald
Community Member
4 years ago

They’re just checking her out to see who’s getting their picture taken.

Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel like the photograph with the police officers has nothing to do with her weight.

Malene Kjær Pedersen
Community Member
4 years ago

The photographer tries to capture a problem that apparently is non-existing (at least not) on the pictures she has chosen to show. Maybe she herself is so touched by her overweight that in her mind it can only be judgemental when someone looks at her. Mostly it's just pure curiosity - and randomly. I love to study people (not the creepy way) if they, for example, stands out from the crowd, which I usually only consider to be positively.

HeatherJ
Community Member
4 years ago

To me it looks like people looking at someone who is having their pic taken. They could even be looking at something else and not ever her but the way the photo is portrayed its like they are staring.

Karen Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

This all strikes me as infinitely sad.

Barbara Baldwin
Community Member
4 years ago

Really stretching it to prove a point, doncha think?

No Obstacle (NinJen)
Community Member
4 years ago

I cannot see a single picture which looks like a judging person. People are smiling with their friends, looking into shop window displays, etc.

Alcan Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

its my guess that unless she is lesbian she is very unlikely to be a virgin still . My point is there is someone for every body type , I am guilty at people watching , I like to sit outside a cafe and watch people walking past , Its human nature to watch and be aware of our surroundings , ,,, We are not all blessed with perfect bodies and Im sure that most people would change something , about themselves , Also Ive met some very nice ladies that is over weight ,