Weight loss success story sparks big, fat debate
THE QT's Facebook audience has weighed in on the 'fat shaming' debate following a story about a woman's weight loss journey that was sparked by a stranger's barb.
Tamara Andrews was in the supermarket with her three-year-old when she heard one young woman whisper to her friend that she felt sorry her daughter would end up big and fat too.
The comment prompted her to overhaul her lifestyle and shed more than 40kg.
The story struck a chord with Facebook readers, highlighting the double-edged sword of criticising a person's weight.
Some readers celebrated Tamara's revelation and strength to break her habit of over-eating and gradually take up an exercise regime, but slammed the actions of the passer-by.
"Good on her - this is really a fantastic achievement. That woman in the supermarket still needs to wash her mouth with soap," Catherina Becker commented.
Bev Frances Davies expressed a similar view. "Good for you, glad you could do it but the person that said has no manners and was very rude," she wrote.
Others also addressed the issue of whether people could actively change their weight because of medical or genetic reasons.
"Still does not justify the rude judgemental cruelty of others. Good she could turn it around - others can't," Brigit Green commented.
Melissa Klimo congratulated Mrs Andrews, but mentioned that weight gain could be due to medical side effects, and others should not judge unless they knew the full story.
Some readers even thought that being shamed was the least of her excuses.
"Whispers behind your back should not be the only motivation to lose weight," Jason Weeks commented.
"It sadly is the wake-up call many need as you do see children with obese parents being overweight themselves. It is akin to child abuse in my eyes," Chris Laurie said.
There was, however, one reader who could see a degree of irony in the situation.
"Hope that woman sees this post, guess who's smiling now," Mason Steinmetz wrote.