There's such a thing as obesity advocates? Seems so and they are responsible for a whole new kind of fat-shaming--namely bullying of folks who've lost weight. Plus-size model Rosie Mercado learned all about thin-shaming after a whopping 250-lb weight loss. She actually got hate mail from other models and fans. Read Rosie's sad story to explore this shocking new breed of online bullying. 

"Fat activists" tell formerly obese model "kill yourself"

Mercado dropped 12 dress sizes from 34 to size 12/14 after weighing in at 410 pounds. Online trolls are particularly nasty to fat people but the gang didn't target Rosie for her obesity, but her loss of it.

The former plus-size model finally lost weight, and should have been rejoicing. Instead she was blindsided by comments to go jump off a bridge and kill yourself. The curvy Latina walked it off, mostly, saying breezily that some people are proud of being fat and can't handle others not doing likewise. That's a polite way of describing jealous haters. But suggesting suicide--surely there's more to it, right?

Haters call Rosie Mercado "cheater"

The Los Angeles woman has dropped to 170 pounds so the proof of her success is in the mirror. Critics may not technically be opposed to weight loss but the way she achieved it. Mercado claimed to have dieted but really got gastric bypass and skin removal surgery, followed by a tummy tuck and liposuction. They say that's cheating and not genuine weight loss.

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This statement underscores the ignorance about bariatric surgery. First, patients typically have to lose some "good faith" weight to show they're serious and that they will change eating habits after surgery. After lap band or gastric sleeve, patients must count calories. This is essential as they're forced to reduce food intake. The long and short of it is patients must still do their homework. 

Obesity awareness advocates and fat supporters

Some commenters have been called fat-shamers when they tell people not to lose too much weight. That begs the issue of what's freedom of speech, what's bullying and what's simply honest comments? Some like "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" almost seem to encourage obesity Then there's the difference between obesity supporters--those who say people should be comfortable in their body image no matter what size, and anti-obesity advocates. A truly caring professional would work to help people learn to love themselves enough to get and stay as healthy as possible, whether that means bariatric surgery, shedding excess pounds, and/or maintaining a reasonable weight.