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No matter how hard some of us try to change the conversation about women’s bodies, it seems there will always be those who are hellbent on injecting their opinions upon it in a negative way. The topic of a person’s physical appearance–particularly females, and particularly females who are in the public eye in some way–will always garner harsh reactions, sadly. And lately, that truth has hit home for certain women who are attempting to change the way they are viewed.

A blogger by the name of Gabbi Gregg recently posted a photo of herself clad in a darling black and white bikini, and much to her surprise, it has blown up on the web, sparking backlash about her size and whether or not she’s promoting a healthy body type. You see, Gabbi is what’s known as “plus size” (although in the real world, her size 18 figure is average).

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The 25-year old says she isn’t promoting anything but a positive image for other girls to see, no matter where they may be on the great difficult path of body acceptance.

“I’m all for health,” she said. “I think people should be really aware of what they’re putting in their bodies and try to get more active. The truth is, we have to live in our bodies and be happy with the bodies we have right now, regardless of where we are in our journey to health.”

Gregg says she loves her body and wants young women to reject the ideas imposed upon us by the fashion world and media about what is acceptable for certain body types.

Actress Ashley Judd recently fired back at the media for their harsh criticism about her appearance, which they dubbed as decidedly “puffy” after she showed up on a press tour on medication for a sinus infection.

“The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women,” she wrote. “In fact, it’s about boys and men, too, who are equally objectified and ridiculed, according to heteronormative definitions of masculinity that deny the full and dynamic range of their personhood. It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings.”

While it’s obviously true that obesity can have serious consequences on health, it seems sad that the conclusion so many people jump to when faced with a photo of a curvy woman in a bikini is not that she is beautiful, but that she is promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. The same should be said about waif-thin models, yet the conversation about overly-thin women is very different.

Gregg insists that her health is not determined by her size, and that she just wanted to help others get over the fear of showing their bikini bodies.

Fatkini: Blogger Sparks Debate About Weight
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  • http://n/a Bobby LeQuia

    The,”New America.” Don’t be accountable or responsible for anything.
    Including your health.

    • dan

      amen!

    • Mari

      Yip!

    • Dan

      This lady will have diabetes in the very near future if not already. That should be the discussion not how much fat she can fit into a bikini!!!!!!!

      • Carlos

        i couldnt agree with all of you anymore than that, is this what we give a damn now in days, who cares what people may say im big and beautiful, no forget that you might get heart disease or something else one day and you care about acceptance and looks,

        • Matt

          And who are any of you to tell other people how to live?

          If she wants to eat, be fat and get sick, that’s her business. Especially if she has private health care.

          Ya know what’s more dangerous that being fat, smoking.

          Are we planning on outlawing cigarettes anytime soon? Oh wait the argument is always that that is a personal choice….I see, double standard much?

          • Jon

            Will diabetes and heart disease make her happy? We are the ones stating her message is wrong and dangerous. It is not ok to just be “happy” with being overweight. It’s a terrible message and a disservice.

            Smoking is quickly being banned just about everywhere you go. Companies all over are charging folks extra for their healthcare because of the increased risks.

            How long before you think the overweight and obese will need to pay a premium at their work for health care.

            This is not a sexy looks issue anymore, it’s a health epidemic. People spreading the word that it’s ok to be overweight need to be challenged.

          • Annie

            Who are we? We are the people who pay into a healthcare system that has escalated to unfathomable levels due to the increased number of people who are “happy” to eat themselves down a path to diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other proven illnesses brought on by a poor diet. And that is who we are. Who are you to think we should just sit back and keep spending our hard-earned money — and be delighted that this repulsive “lifestyle” makes her happy? If people like her were cut off from the mainstream and made to pay into their own health insurance system then I would have no problem with that.

          • Matt

            I’m sorry but if she has private insurance it has NOTHING to do with you or what you have to pay for with your “hard earned money”.

            Let them charge people like her through the nose to be covered, the bottom line is it doesn’t affect you one bit unless the government is covering her healthcare and she is uncovered.

            Furthermore again it’s her personal choice and if you don’t have to pay for it why do you care? Sounds to be like there are alot of angry folks around here who seem to be angry, just to be angry and don’t actually understand how private healthcare works.

            Is it ok to be addicted to smoking?

            This argument that is “being banned all over the country” is garbage. No where is it illegal to buy cigarettes and that has cost the healthcare system probably 50x what obesity has over the years.

            If you people are so concerned with healthcare, then let’s go ahead and put a nationwide ban on cigarette purchases, greasy food, soda and suger. I will see these same people coming to forums like this complaining about how the government is trying to regulate their lives…but yet here you are trying to regulate someone Else’s.

          • Oh Please

            Okay, Matt. How about we apply the same tax rate to food that gets applied to cigarettes or alcohol.

            It’s not a double standard. People with those vices have been paying their fair share for years.

          • Mike

            Why, because you do not think that everybody pays higher premiums for unhealthy people and thier future healthcare. The insurance company gets the money to pay for the fat persons health problems from you and I.

          • Matt

            That again is BS. Health insurance companies make you get checked out and get a physical more often than not, before even offering a policy in the majority of cases.

            As far as alcohol and cigarettes go talk about taxes all you want, they could tax it at 200% is still doesn’t pay for the damage both do to people and that health insurance companies have to pay for.

            it is a COMPLETE double standard. Again you people want to try and regulate someone else’s life and tell them what they should and shouldn’t be able to do, yet ignore things like cigarettes and since you brought it up, alcohol.

            Again, seems to me you people what a nanny state. So when insurance companies start charging more for fat people, and cigarettes, let’s have them start charging people who have a history of heart disease, or a family history of cancer. Hell, let them do a DNA test and see what genes they have and charge them appropriately.

            See how ridiculous your arguments are? If your so concerned about your “hard earned money” that you all she be FOR what I just said no? if you’re not that your just a angry hypocrite with an axe to grind.

      • Suzan

        you people are all ASSUMING that fat=diabetic. my sister died of kidney disease. she was on dialysis for 2 years before she died. hte last week of her life she was in a coma and on life support. she only developed diabetes 3 days before she died. she weighed 450 pounds when she died. the nurse ASSUMED she had always had diabetes. I was there and heard my sister’s doctor straighten that misconception real quick. FAT does NOT equal diabetes, high blood pressure, or all other issues you people assume it does. health, genetics, lifestyle, these are what cause most issues. my sister’s kidney disease was unfortunately genetic.

        • drrr

          …youre uneducated as fuck, there’s more than one type of diabetes, although genetics do play a role in SOME cases, for the most part it does not.

        • Mandy

          Truth is, some things are caused by dieting and lack of exercise. HOWEVER, MANY things are caused by genetics. I know many overweight people who are in great health, low cholesterol, great blood sugar, etc. Then, I know a ton of “healthy” people who have HORRIBLE cholesterol levels and other problems!

          Regardless of how you feel, ripping someone apart for being overweight doesn’t solve anything. I’m so sick and tired of people getting online and feeling that they can post whatever crosses their mind. It’s irresponsible.

          what we should be teaching young teenage girls is to be mindful of what they eat, live a healthy lifestyle, start exercising early and to be happy with their bodies. There are already so many negative thoughts running through a young girl’s head we do not need to perpetuate this.

          All these negative comments are a form of prejudice and bullying. In this day in age, it needs to stop. Grown adults behaving so immaturely and insensitively is setting an awful example to our young ones.

          Is this what you’d want someone to say to your mother or your daughter or sister? Regardless of what you might say, the answer is no. And if you honestly wouldn’t care that someone was saying these things to her, then you have bigger issues than I know what to do with.

          • Brandie

            Well said Mandy. I agree people should not be so critical of people. How do you know that some of these “overweight” people aren’t on medications that can affect weight? And do you really want to push young impressionable women into thinking that the underweight, photoshop “models” of today are the norm? I mean seriously underweight has an entire set of health issues itself. I am sorry. I see nothing horrible with this picture. She is not morbidly bese, she looks happy and guess what that is more than I bet half of you people are that respond with hate in your comments. It is sad that instead of admiring her confidence, you “haters” have to put her down. For all you know she may exercise everyday and eat a well balanced diet!! And to think “we” pay higher premiums because of people like her?! Really-everyone pays their own and if you have a job that gives discounts let’s see howmany of you qualify for that discounts based on your bloodwork and I bet those of you that are “skinny” still have horrible results. I see it every day! Don’t get me wrong, overwieght people do also, but just because you ar enot overweight does not make you exempt from certain things! YOu all should try to think before you post such hateful things. And you wonder why young kids today are committing suicide-it’s from getting these horrid ideals from their “hater” parents! Way to go, way to help push the young into even more of a downward spiral.

        • Stephanie

          Finally, someone with a modicum of intelligence speaks. I believe that all the other comments just solidified the point that Ashley Judd was trying to make. Assuming that a person who’s overweight got that way because they overeat is a surefire way of making an “A” of yourself as the old saying goes. There are so many factors that determine our genetic makeup and appearance. I could eat 4,000 calories a day, never exercise and will not gain an ounce–and I can lose 10 lbs in 2 days. My husband, on the other hand, is super active,doesn’t overeat, usually eats healthy and is not only overweight-but can gain a pound just by looking at a cheeseburger. So how about you all look past the end of your noses, do some research on metabolism and genetics-then get back to me if you still think obese people get what they deserve. And fatkini girl–That’s what I’m talking about!! Love yourself and let it shine!!

      • B

        I know a lot of thin people who are also diabetic. They have always ate healthy and some are even bodybuilders, but they became diabetic. Just because you are careful with what you eat dosn’t mean you won’t get into a situation where you become unhealthy. But, when people say negative things about you, it can make things worse. When you feel bad about how you look, your mental AND physical health suffers! So grow up and try to help your fellow man. It is so much more easy to juge someone you don’t know than to try and help them. I guess you are to lazy to help others so you make fun instead. Your Mom should be ashmed of you.

      • Mia

        Really? Where’d you get your crystal ball?

    • http://fotoflexer.com/ Matthew

      Does this opinion also reflect the attitude people have about not using appropriate grammar, mechanics, and complete sentences?

      • Kathy Lux

        No, but fat does generally equal hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance which has been found to damage the heart, kidneys, cause cognitive malfunction, and issues with other macrovascular and microvascular systems. It is not good. Diabetes may or may not develop from obesity but for sure, higher levels of circulating insulin caused from too many crappy carbohydrates cause damage, even if diabetes is not present. It’s a fact. Normalizing weight through cutting the crap and getting off the couch is essential. People don’t want to do it. It’s hard. They would rather cling to their HoHo’s and defend their right to pig out at will. So be it.

        • DUH!!

          The point isnt that OBESITY is ok its that women dont have to be oencil thin Paris Hilton or Megan Fox look alikes.. Beyonce is a very beautiful curvy woman. Adele is also chunkier than most women in the lime light. Amy Lee is a gorgeous example of how beautiful weight on a woman can be. Not every single person has the same metabolism or genetic structure to stay MORBIDLY thin. I dont want my daughter to be afraid or uncomfortable in her own skin no matter how big she is. HEALTHY should be accepted instead your not considered healthy unless your ribs can be seen through your size extra small shirt and your required to wear a belt so your size ZERO jeans wont fall off.. Sickening.. Beauty has no weight limit and its sad that its even an issue when there are much more important topics that could be discussed..

        • Cynthia

          Fat does NOT generally equal insulin resistance. As a medical professional who stays updated, studies show regular inactivity increases increases your chances for diabetes. Which also can increase weight, but the two do not go hand in hand. Skinny people can be inactive and overweight people can be active and vice versa.

    • Dan

      But a big woman is so sexy when she slurps gravy off her fingers.

      • Stephanie

        You are a douchebag.

        • Nikolette

          completely douchebaggy bro

      • drrr

        amen.

    • http://yahoo.com e.clarke

      I am not worried about her health, I am worried about someone shooting with a tranquilizer gun, her thinking she is a loose zebra from the zoo. Oh how sad the poor girl looks.
      these are some awful responses everyone is so pious goodness, get a life you guys. BETH

      • Nikolette

        wow so missing the point of this article

        • jennifer

          “I think she looks great , much better than some stick figure girl with no curves..were women we should have curves and the picture is very classy.. what you eat is your own personal choice as well as if you excercise or not..This is America still isn’t it we are all free to make our own choices in this life..We have a much bigger problem in our healthcare system with people Dr. shopping to get prescription narcartics and not paying or filing insurance …Wish everyone would stop judging every overweight people in america if you’ve never had a weight problem then you can’t understand how difficult it is ..We can have abortions and kill innocent babies bc we choose not to use contraception(im not talking bout people who may be raped)and this is ok but you better not eat that pizza you may mess with healthcare also im sure this girl has a job and pays for her insurance she looks like a smart girl not someone taking advantage of the government.I will be glad when the obama’s are out of the white house bc I believe Michelle has made the situation worse I know she was trying to help overweight people but other fellow americans have missed what she was trying to do by helping and not judging….Why don’t we start looking at our own reflection and evaluating ourselves to see what we might need to change inside or out and focus on that instead of worrying about other’s business..Handle your own business……

    • http://WebProNews linda

      Did it ever occur that the woman may just be trying to make the best of her situation. Obesity is definitely a problem but remember people This is America and we can do whatever we want. Not one of you blogging has an addiction problem of any sort? I bet. Every one has their poison, whether it is drink, shopping (for you women) playing golf so often your family suffers. No wonder the world is the way it is. No one has any tolerance. I work and pay for my health insurance but that is what we do when we are fortunate enough to have jobs. So lighten up. Do you really thinks she likes being heavy (Fat is such a common word for common people) so there you intolerable people chew on that She is just trying to make good of a bad situation. Who in their family doesn’t have someone who is overweight? Oh I forgot you are all perfect

    • Jujubecool

      So what if she’s fat what do you people care? Talking about her insurance coverage as if you have to pay the womans bills…get over yourselves. So if she was thin and sleeping with everything in town and had herpes or whatever she would be cool because at least she looks good. Stupid people need to mind their own business and worry about paying their own bills

    • J

      The negative comments are proof that many bully and abuse anyone they don’t find ‘perfect’. I’d like to see pictures of every one of them in a bikini. People hiding behind the ‘not healthy’ comment are justifying our media obsession with objectification. How healthy is a 90 pound model? When that model is 60 she’s surely not going to look sexy enough to demand top money to model anymore, so it wasn’t really about her health or her as a person. Of course not. It’s about sex. All people deserve acceptance and respect, regardless of how much they look like your favorite superstar model. Sex may sell but let’s get real people, we all have to be aware of mean spirited pettiness. The world is a sadder (and sicker) place when we as a society find this in any way acceptable.

    • Pfft

      Being critical of obesity does not make it go away. The high price of medical insurance and care in this country is not about obesity but political in nature and more about greed and corruption.

      So Many bully and abuse anyone they don’t find ‘perfect’. I’d like to see pictures of every one of them in a bikini. People hiding behind the ‘not healthy’ comment are justifying our media obsession with objectification. How healthy is a 90 pound model?

    • melissa

      FYI
      There are many obese people out there with perfectly good cholesterol and blood pressure and do not have type 2 diabetes.
      I think she is doing good by helping women feel comfortable in their own skin. Look at all the media hype about being thin….this makes girls mentally ill and become anorexic and bulemic. My 9 year old niece told me yesterday that she has a “gut” and cannot wear hear bathing suit until she gets rid of it! I am all for promoting good healthy lifestyles and maintaining a healthy weight but sometimes people are just unable to stay in the normal weight range and it really is genetics.

      • AMJ

        Thank you for understanding what this woman is trying to do. We need to help young people develop a healthy self esteem. A person with a sense of self worth is more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle. Bullying people about their weight helps no one. Some people are heavy because they feel bad about themselves. How is bullying going to help? I was overweight as a child and got teased for it. I became anorexic as a teenager. No, I was not healthier for being skinny. I developed Osteoporosis and other problems. Luckily, I recovered. Not all women do.

    • tracy

      You do not know she is not healthy …. in mind body and spirit .. you are respresenting the new judgmental America where everyone feels they can be the judge, jury , and executioner for everyone else. She may be able to out run you , out box you, and out last you in a variety of physical competions, she certainly has a positive wonderful self image.. Great for her! I’d rather see a curvy healthy woman than more young girls submit to the lie of starvation and self denial

    • leeann

      The people making the comments about her weight an future health problems are idiots! This woman is clearly not morbidly obese or stating that she has any health problems.She is a happy woman who feels comfortable in her own body.Its no different then seeing men in there swimtrunks with ther gut hanging over an you need see anyone making a big deal about that.She looks great in a flatering suitswim.You rock girl!!!!!

    • Lisa

      yes our health and alot of us live longer and happier lives than most. As long as we are happy with ourself and are not huring anyone leave us alone!

  • Hawke

    Other than to get attention, why would a woman post a photo of herself in a bikini? It’s asking for ridicule.

    • nighthawk

      One great reason could be that former fat girls in high school grew up to be knock out 30 or 40-somethings in a bikini after losing weight to show off to the assholes that ridiculed them in high school to say “look at me now asshole.”

  • Leslie

    I have seen a lot bigger in a lot less…I dont think she looks to awefully bad…im a bigger person and would not wear it but to each his/her own

  • Jeremy

    You see, Gabbi is what’s known as “plus size” (although in the real world, her size 18 figure is average).
    ———–
    Size 18 is average? Are you serious? What world do you live in? Someone who wears a size 18 would have like a 40″ waist! That’s big for guys let alone a woman.

    • Nikola

      It technically is average because there are too many overweight people…if you average it out mathematically it would make sense.

    • Amy

      A size 18 is actually a 34 – 36 inch waist, not 40 inches – Google is your friend, Jeremy. I don’t understand why this country is so obsessed with weight and size, and other people in general. You don’t know if someone that is a size 18 is unhealthier than someone who is a size 2, so stop making judgements!!! Worry about your own life!!!

      • davidbrent

        Not true – size 18 is a 38-inch waist minimum – even google says so!

        • Dusti

          I’m a size 12 and my waist is a 32. Please, inform your own self before jumping down others’ throats.

          As for the entire argument, health should be what’s important. I’m overweight, yes, but I can also run a mile without feeling like my lungs will explode, and regularly lift fifty pounds without issue. There are also size two girls who are just as fit, just like there are size 6-8 girls who have starved away all of their muscle mass to be the “ideal” size, and women who gave up long ago who can’t mow a level 20sqft yard without being winded. Health should be the number one concern here, and size really doesn’t matter until you realize that a lot of the women photographed in this are morbidly obese, and the women who are posing on runways often have their own body disorder that are making them just as unhealthy. Please, please just be aware that it’s impossible to be a size 6 or 8 for everyone, but a size 18 should NOT be the average. That is NOT healthy!!!

        • Zaf

          And Amy a 38 in waist is fat, you say to worry about your own life, but with diabetes, heart disease and healthcare, we are forced to worry about the obese. Have some pride in your appearance, how about shooting for a size 8-10 instead of praying that you don’t have diabetes by age 40.

          • Mike

            How about you mind your own effing business, Zaf, and stop proving to the world what an ignorant jackhole you are.

          • Sandi

            Skinny people die of heart disease and diabetes too.

          • amanda

            HAHA
            I DARE YOU TO CALL A WOMAN FAT YOU DBAG!!!

            I BET YOUR MASTURBATING RIGHT NOW!! SO GROW UP AND YOUR PROBABLY A FATASS, WHOS SITTING BY YOUR COMPUTER RUNNING YOUR MOUTH ABOUT OTHERS WHEN YOU HAVE NO LIFE!!
            GET SOME BALLS YOU SAD LIL MAN!!!!

    • Cass

      Size 18 looks different on every woman. And the average woman is plus size, plus size is 14 and up. Im not sure what world you live in but according to your comment it would one of disapproval of anyone over a size 4.

  • DS

    Ms. Crum,

    The excerpt provided below is one that is beyond my realm of comprehension due to its a negligence of health and fitness:

    While it’s obviously true that obesity can have serious consequences on health, it seems sad that the conclusion so many people jump to when faced with a photo of a curvy woman in a bikini is not that she is beautiful, but that she is promoting an unhealthy lifestyle.

    Is there really a debate over whether a woman of her size is healthy or not? While I agree with you that equal scrutiny should be placed upon extremely thin women, I cannot accept the notion that she is not promoting women to be proud of being overweight. Regardless of appearance, it is a matter of well-being; in neglecting to scrutinize, we allow young adults and teenagers to willingly accept conditions that costs this nations millions of dollars in health insurance.

    While it is great that she has confidence, she should also acknowledge the potential health concerns of being such a size.

  • DS

    Also, your parenthetical notation that size 18 is average might be based upon misinformation or a lack of information. I could, however, be wrong in that assumption. Either way, size 18 is far too large for an “average” size; the same goes for men’s size 42 pants.

  • http://yahoo jennifer

    I SAY TO EACH IS OWN!WHATEVER YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE DOING THAN SO BE IT.TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE TO BUSY CRITISIZING SOMEONE ELSE LIFE INSTEAD OF LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AND DEALING WITH THEIR OWN PROBLEMS.LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE THINKS I SAY DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY!

  • http://yahoo jennifer

    I SAY TO EACH IS OWN!WHATEVER YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE DOING THAN SO BE IT.TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE TO BUSY CRITISIZING SOMEONE ELSE LIFE INSTEAD OF LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AND DEALING WITH THEIR OWN PROBLEMS.LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE THINKS I SAY DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY!

  • http://yahoo your mother

    boy, id dust her with flour to find the wet spot then id jump her bones… looks like she can give me a good beating…

  • RH

    The only problem is that you didn’t mention where you got the great bikini. Please share the cothing website.

  • Christine

    Good for her! Get out there and live your lives people. I’m proud of her and for her. We can only please ourselves…. and that can be hard- so lay off her.

  • Chelsea

    I’d like to go out on a limb here and say you can’t really tell anything for sure about someone’s health based on their size. Yes, being overweight leads to other risks, but there are plenty of overweight people who have good health– meaning they have normal blood pressure, blood sugar, their heart is in good health. The assumption most people have is that if you are overweight you are minutes from having a heart attack, which just isn’t true.

    Secondly, yes, a size 18 is too large to be average, but because we’re all so overweight, it has become the average! Nobody said that it was where we SHOULD be, but it’s the reality of where we ARE.

    • Dusti

      Aye! I’m a size 12 and I’m ridiculously normal. My blood pressure, breathing, heart rate…all normal. I’m able to run and wrestle with the kids and exercise. At a size six (the “ideal” size) I looked like I was ill, just because of how my body was built.

      But this country does need to take a look at itself and realize the repercussions of obesity. A size 16 for an average woman of 5’4″ is classifiably obese, and that’s where the health risks begin. If the average is at 18 (I’d think some information is skewed and that we’re more in the 14-16 range), then that means there are more obese people than necessary and when health is the overall concern of the peoples’ wellbeing, then we need to change something.

  • john

    how is this any different from a size 2 woman who smokes and costs our nation millions in health care due to cancer

  • Lisa

    Self image is a HUGE part of being healthy. She looks fabulous. Haters gonna hate…

  • Sarah

    since when is it “obvious” that obesity has serious health consequences? There are a bunch of skinny people who are completely unhealthy and there are a lot of fat people who are the healthiest people alive…do not judge people by the way their body looks, you cannot tell health with just your eyes

    • Annie

      I literally laughed out loud at this comment:

      “since when is it “obvious” that obesity has serious health consequences?”

      OMG, Sarah, do you live under a rock?! Priceless.

      • JesMe

        My mother is 89 years old, has been a consistant 200 lbs since I’ve known her – I’m 46. She lived an extremely healthy life. She has never had high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, etc. Mom has always eaten and served healthy, well balanced meals, drank lots of water, had an early bedtime, refrained from smoking, drinking, drugs and drama and had a positive outlook on life. Her doctor is always amazed that she is so healthy even at her age.

        See, size really doesn’t matter. It’s the quality of life that is imporant.

      • Mia

        Annie, your ignorance continues to amaze me. How extraordinary that you have X-Ray vision and can see into a person’s insides. Tell me then, why am I, an overweight woman who goes to the doctor twice a year, less healthy than my friend who smokes continuously, has teeth rotting out of her mouth, is continuously sick, and weighs about 115? Can you enlighten me on that please, oh wise one?

  • Steve

    It is beyond debate that obesity is costing and is going to cost us billions of dollars in health care. In my mind this makes a fat person inherently selfish. You and I and everyone that pays taxes will be held financially accountable for these individuals, while they eat and eat. So forgive me if I feel like I am being taunted by these ridiculous photographs. It is more than “haters gonna hate.” It is, they eat and we pay for every single health complication that arises because they would rather sit on a couch and eat mcdonalds all day than practice some self control. Screw every one of them.

    • ladyla

      You’re an idiot.

      • Sam

        Agreed.

      • Annie

        But what Steve is saying is TRUE. Do you not know the correlation between obesity and the cost of healthcare? Yikes! Are there really this many stupid out there? (And I am thinking probably obese, too, because who the heck would even take the time to defend an obese lifestyle???)

        • prudejudy

          The problem with your argument is there are millions of folks out there who’s bodies do not respond to “normal” amounts of excersise or food quanity. Metabolism vaires with genes and heritage. If you are a thin person who does not have to try to be thin, then it must be difficult to understand the struggle to even get to normal for a whole lot of people. For me personally to be thin I have to go anorexic ( which I have done sucessfully ) or crazy diets and strenuous excercise to be somewhat thin. I cannot eat a normal balenced diet, it makes me fat, expecially if a size 14 is fat.

          If you a wealthy it is easier too. Lean steak with no carbs = $10 a pound which will feed one person 3 meals. For that same $10 you can eat Ramen for a month!

          Let’s be kind to each other. Live and let live. Peace.

        • Sam

          It isn’t so much that people are defending an obese lifestyle. The argument that is trying to be made is that it is unnecessary for someone to be ridiculed because they are obese and to stop the stereotyping that every fat person is sitting at home on the couch all day long eating McDonald’s. If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it. The comment from the person who called the girl in the photo a “slob” was just downright cruel and ignorant.

          And for the record do you know what else is raising health care premiums? A down economy. The insurance companies are not enjoying the same ROI they used to see. The cost of medical procedures is increasing dramatically was well which is also a factor. There are many factors increasing healthcare premiums other than just obesity. To ignore the whole picture just proves my point that people’s prejudices are what dictate their comments.

    • K.K.

      Steve, I’m just guessing here?????? Your probably sitting on the couch, lap top on your gut, eating a bag of ruffles potatoe chips… I’M HUST SAYIN DUDE??? YOU SOUND LIKE THE HATER ON HERE?

    • Itsme

      That’s a part of the problem…some skinny people think that obese people get that way JUST from sitting around and eating all day. That is not always the case. Just because you are thin doesn’t make you perfect, and doesn’t put you in perfect health. Its selfish of a thin person (like Steve) to think that a fat person is being selfish for being fat. Plus size people pay taxes just like you do. How many times have they paid for thin people to go to the doctor to take care of other ailments that are just as dangerous if not the same as the ones people “associate” with being fat?

      Get over yourselves and stop thinking that being thin will always mean that you are in better health. I have seen many fat people who are eating right and exercising like the dickens and some who do not, but are in way better health than quite a lot of thin people who claim to work out and eat right. We can make this all about health and paying taxes all we want to but the truth is that we all end up paying “taxes” for everyone, including some of the thin people who are engaging in other behaviors, that they CAN quit overnight, that causes them serious health conditions.

      Also, this is not to say that all thin people are dumb-asses and are not working out and eating right. I know some of them are and I’m proud of them for that. Its just the ones who have the thought patterns like Steve there that make them look bad. Thin people are cool too. ^_^

      We all pay taxes for each other’s mistakes, whether it involves health or anything else. This is just another route that some people are using to try to justify their reasoning for discrimination. How would you like it if someone complained that we’re all gonna foot the bill for all of these skinese people, (lol, sorry you guys, I needed to make a word somewhat equivalent to obese. Forgive me, I’m just trying to make a point here.)…screw them all because they all stand around and look dumb all day. When in fact, that’s not always the case.

      People can’t lose weight in one day and sometimes, actually can’t help the things that have happened to them that may have greatly contributed to their weight gain. However, YOU CAN stop being dumb-asses overnight…give that a try why don’t ya (This is aimed at the ones with the “Steve” mentality).

    • Sandy

      Seriously? “they eat”. Wow, you are a moron. Every fat person is not fat just because they eat. You have no idea what is going on in their lives. They don’t eat because they enjoy being fat. They are not fat just because they eat. When healthcare in this country starts addressing the issues behind obesity, and stops treating it as the reason for all other health issues, then something might be done to improve the health of our nation. This woman did not display herself to say it is a healthy lifestyle. She did this to show that she can still look good, even at her weight, and young women at the same weight as her can look just as good.

    • Mia

      What about the people who have never worked in their life and get themselves and their 6 kids on disability benefits for ADD? I will tell you that is FAR more prevalent of a drain on society that fat people are. You need to broaden your narrow minded views!

    • Mia

      Twenty bucks says you don’t even have a job, Steve. Probably sitting at home collecting your disability and thinking that makes you part of the workforce.

  • Rebecca Wood

    I am not accountable to other people for my “health”. I do not have an obligation to others to be healthy. Let’s follow some 20-year-old dudes around and see how many beers they knock back of a saturday evening and then publicly attack THEM for being “unhealthy”!

    • stephanie

      love this comment!

    • Get Real

      Actually, yes you are accountable. “Other” people pay the increased healthcare costs.

      When you are pushing 4 bills, have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc…, the insurance paying for all of your “ailments” raises the premiums on everyone.

      And don’t give me the “skinny people have these too!” arguments. Obesity has been proven to contribute to it. Why do you think the first thing a fat person is told to do to help blood pressure is lose weight.

      Keep on with your inaccurate views. I’ll be sitting here paying more and more each year in health care premiums to cover you while I don’t have any claims.

      • eboe

        You are NOT paying higher rates because of overweight people… you are paying higher rates because of insurance companies who gorge themselves on profits, profits, and more profits. They are making record profits while the little people pay more and more. Same with oil companies making record profits by controlling the price of gas.

        I can honestly say, that as a guy who has struggled with his weight all his life, there are plenty of skinny people out there who can pack away much more food than me in a single sitting. There is an added cost with losing weight in this world these days, companies charge premiums for healthier food, etc. There is a large correlation between obesity and high fructose corn syrup, which was an invention of the government to find a way to utilize corn grown in america. And unfortunately, it has made its way into everything because it is cheaper for companies to use instead of natural sugar, not to mention the power of the corn lobby. Basically, plenty of companies out there are happy to make money off of unhealthy behaviors, like smoking and eating food with HFCS. So profits are made in getting us unhealthy, and then on the other end from health insurance companies by increasing rates. Note, most insurance companies do NOT cover dietary plans to help people lose weight, or preventative medicine, but are happy to clean up after the mess has been made. Because that is where the profits are to be made ;)

      • Mia

        What a martyr.

  • ladyla

    This woman isn’t even “fat” by most standards today. If she were fat she would have rolls hanging over her bikini top and bottom.

  • Jamie

    I also am a size 18, been for many a year. I go to the gym 3-4 times a week and I eat organic food. My calorie intake ranges anywhere from 1000 to 1200 calories a day. I date 2-4 times a month. I love my body and it shows through my style and personality. I am 49 years old and loving the life God has given me. Our bodies are just a “wrapper”. Live and let live! You go “big girls”!

    • K.K.

      Yes, I agree with Jamie. Some people are just built that way! Doesn’t make them unfit and un healthy…. Fact, I’m 5’2″ My weight ( so they say) should be about 130 top’s. Well guess what I work out 6 days a week, JOG 5 miles a day on the tread mill do water arobics 4 days out of the week for an hour. I go to several arobic classes in between.
      I work out with weights at least 2 days a week. OH DID I MENTION MY WEIGHT IS 176 POUNDS!!!!! pretty darn good so I’m told by most men ( young and older)
      According to my doctor I’m fit healthy as a horse! and turn every mans head in the gym! So get off the high horse

      • K.K.

        I Thin I forgot to memtion JUST HOW LUCKY 85% OF ALL YOU MEN REALLY ARE!!! As women we over look your bald heads, pot bellies, burping, farting,NOT TO MENTION YOUR OTHER PERSONAL short comings if ya know what i mean!

      • Get Real

        >>and turn every mans head in the gym!

        Any port in a storm! :p

  • alwaysgreen

    wow steve

  • WIlma

    TOtally fat, totally gross, cover up you slob

    • DUH!!

      Your a nasty sorry sad excuse for a person.. YOU are the slob..

    • Mia

      Too bad you can’t cover up your ignorance.

  • snoop dogg

    Smoke a phily blunt

  • Dave

    God help us.

  • nighthawk

    The average size has gone up from size 12 to size 16 and and now size 18? What the hell?

    Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what we really think is “fat” varies. Some people are deadset on “ideal” tall Victoria Secret bodies, no exceptions, not even shorter women.

    Even if we were all normal weight, there would still be something negative to say about a woman’s appearance. Some of us would go on about something like the woman’s height for instance, the very thing that can not be helped unlike weight.

    The point is opinions are like assholes. We all got them and sometimes they stink.

    • sunnyT

      Hey, a person can be perfectly healthy at a size 20. I am a shapely size 16; no health problems at all. Now, the issue of wearing a swim suit when you are visibly overweight is outrageous. I don’t care how pretty you are, or think that you are. This has nothing to do with self esteem; more-so than how you present yourself in public. I have small waistline, large hips, little tad of belly, and a tad of love handles and back fat. I cover down when i am in the street. When i go on vacation, i get away with a swim top, but the bottom as a bikini; hell no…, i cover down with wrap. some of these gals need to really be conscious as to how they go out in the street. I live in NY, these gals or out there looking really nasty; they r wearing shorts, short jackets, they look straight up nasty…. Fat is just everywhere. What angers me is that they stand right in front of the bus with their big bulletin board ass like someone pass by. I told the bus driver to announce that they can not take up the front of the bus. I am so glad that i have lost weight and will continue till i’m 170. those fat gal swim suits are trash. they need to wear a large blanket instead.

      • K.K.

        Sunny T, Come back and tell us your sob story when you gain all your weight back… we will all be very comforting… For now continue your lettuce wrap samwich!!
        BYTW… If your hips are that freakin big, your right! You do not HAS THIS WOMENS BODY TYPE TO WEAR SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BATHING SUIT….
        Your jist being a beeeech!!!

      • missmanners62

        you need therapy.

  • Sam

    People are not critical of overweight individuals because they are concerned for their health. They are critical of them because it makes them feel better about themselves to be able to put someone else down. It is prejudice just like all the federally protected classification such as race, religion, etc. I am fairly certain not every overweight person sits on the couch eating McDonalds all day long.

    Why are these same haters not critical of smokers, drinkers, drug addicts? Most likely at least some of these posters have one or more of these vices.

    Prior to judging someone else’s flaws, maybe it is best to address your own first. And if you are ignorant enough to think you don’t have one, guess what ignorance and arrogance are YOUR flaw. Work on that!

    • raven bookaholic

      i like the way you think…so true

    • Itsme

      I couldn’t have said it better myself! ^_^

  • Alex

    I notice most of the negative comments are from men. I think she looks fine. Shes a larger girl, however shes wearing a bikini that is suitable for her size. I’ve seen women her size and larger in tiny bathing suits that barely cover anything. Im glad that she is happy with her body how it is. It’s amazing that a woman who is heavier is considered fat and ugly but a man who is overweight can walk around in shorts and no shirt and no one criticizes him. Why do women “have to be” thin and look like barbie, but its ok for men to walk around with a beer gut?

    • K.K.

      Alex I rest my case!!!! WOMEN SHOULD START A MOVEMENT AGAINST BEER BELLY, BALD MEN WHO DON’T KEEP THERE NAILS OR FEET IN GOOD CONDITION. yuk! wHILE your all at it, could you keep some color in what little hair you do have? Gray hair??? How unbecoming of you when you in your 50′s or 60′s……
      Now how sad does that sound????? Can I get AN AMEN FROM THE WOMEN OUT THERE! Men you better hope we don’t tighten our standards when it comes to critiquing men in general……

      This gal looks just fine and her comments were well spoken. That suit looks approperiate on her body type! Good for her..

      • JesMe

        K K, I TOTALLY agree with you! Well said. (Where can I find the Women Against Fat, Bald, Gross Men petition?)

      • Elaina

        I fully endorse that kind of movement! I’m a plus size adult entertainment webcam model and guess who’s my biggest fan base? Yep! The aforementioned, beer bellied, bald headed fellows who love to coo like little birds over my curves. They’re also the same men (and even some women) who act like haters out there. They’re hiding what they really want, they are the ones that are paying my bills, just so you know. They yell and carry on here but I KNOW WHAT THEY DO AFTER DARK.

    • raven bookaholic

      Alex you are 100% correct, majority of the negative posts are from men…it is really hurtful to see some of these comments and not take it personal. I’m fairly tall 5’11 size 12 and i think that women should be valued so much more than this. These men have forgotten that there is so much more women and what things really make a women beautiful…

      Thank God for men like you :)

  • aviewer

    I think she looks damn good. I love big women.

  • Albert the Dog Guy

    They look fabulous, Ms. Gregg is to be commended for this and the models applauded for their courage (lack of shyness). I wish there were not so many mean people to criticize and call names but let’s try to disregard them. I’m an active, athletically built guy and honestly deep down I find many of these women incredibly erotically charged and very appealing on various levels.
    And stop worrying about others’ “health” and vices. I’d rather my woman was 275 pounds than taking antidepressants because of body conformity issues.
    Can’t wait to see more of these hotties!

  • mark

    “You see, Gabbi is what’s known as “plus size” (although in the real world, her size 18 figure is average”… Her size is average… but what percentage of the population is obese and throwing off this “average”? Average does not mean healthy.

  • Nicole

    YOU PEOPLE NEED TO CHILL. If this woman feels comfortable in her own skin regardless of her weight then HALLELUJAH TO HER. This is no different than an anorexic girl releasing her bikini pictures. Those of you who condemn overweight people, some go by the motto “you only live once” meaning they couldn’t give a damn about their weight and eat up Mickie D if they want. Even though they’ll get all these health problems, they won’t ever change their diet. Leave them alone, if that’s what makes them happy then good for them. You all just live on with your lives and contribute as a healthy person by maintaining your own image. Don’t worry about others. We all happy now? Yes. Now you all can continue your water and lettuce diet.

    • Annie

      Nicole, yes I am totally happy if you cover our future increase in medical costs due to this wonderful lifestyle you so admire. BTW, one can eat a lot more than water and lettuce and still not come close to being half as big as this girl. This isn’t about promoting anorexia.

      • Mia

        Yes because being overweight is the only reason health care costs are inflating. Have room in that bubble you live in for me?

    • http://WebProNews linda

      I agree with nicole and I am not overweight.

    • Mike

      she is nothing but a fat lazy pig

    • Mike

      Nicole

      Let me guess…you have Medicaid or some other form of government health insurance.

      • Asshole

        All of you people are arguing health and insurance issues you forget that there are some people who find large and in charge women in bikinis very gross!!! I, personally, get offended by this! Don’t try to force people to accept this like others who try force people to accept homosexuality. It’s quite disgusting!!!

  • http://yahoo.,com liz

    Daily I’m able to observe 11-12 year old boys and girls during their
    P.E. class on account of being a special ed teacher. When running
    the 1 mile or 2 miles, the girls who are 70-80 lbs. are walking and
    complaining that it’s too much work. They aren’t even trying. The
    one’s who would be considered “obese” are running and one student
    (male) is the first three to finish less than 10 minutes. He even
    told me, “What’s wrong with them. They call me fat and they don’t even
    try.” Until our society learns to accept and give positive guidance
    to our children, then we will all be happy and healthy and not relying
    on so-called celebrities to guide us on our well-being. Just a note
    that I see everyday from our younger generation.

  • Sara

    LOVE IT! basically she dances to her own song, which is what a confident, smart and determined woman will do. Rock your own body is what I say. As a skinny teenage to a filled out woman, I love my body. My body shows a happy, healthy life with three gorgeous children and a man who still can’t keep his hands off me, even after 15 years of marriage. She rules her own, and if you don’t like it turn away. But really,I don’t see her missing out on any dates. You are beautiful young lady.

  • Skip

    Nothing wrong with her at all!! she is hot!!!

  • Kathy

    Like Ms Gregg says, you need to happy with your body NOW no matter what you are working on for weight and health. It think this lady looks so much better than guys and GIRLS that show their underware, bra straps, butt cracks and hidious tattoos and piercings in public. I lost a wonderful boyfriend to cancer. He was a non-smoker, in great shape and ate healthy. He fought for 8 years. You do not know when a major illness may strike. It can strike you healthy, slim, underware showing, face-pierced, tattooed, butt crack showing individuals also. Just because you are not overweight, does not mean you are beautiful in everyones eyes. Thank you Ms Gregg! You made my day!

  • Pam Ennis

    Ok Now I am going to have my say regarding “The Fat” person whether male or female…Why is it that society can not except people for who they are….I have been a big woman all my life.. Yes I have lose and gained of the years and so on… But if one is happy and content with them selves as is gabbi…why shouldnt she do what she is doing where a bikini…which happens to flater her… as far a steve goes He is the bestest idiot inregards to opinions of big women. He needs an attituded ajustment where women are concern.. I pity his girlfriend or boyfriend who is with him and his views…In africa we are called
    “Tradionally built women” and are very loved that way… Its time society today starts looking at women diffenertly.

    • http://Webpronews Leslie

      Right on Pam! Ignore the negative comments since they’re just ignorant. PEOPLE of all sizes need to be respectful and supportive of each other. Body image does not define a person or their health. A larger person can be just as healthy and fit as a smaller person depending on their fitness level. People do need to be more accepting of people of all sizes! Peace and Love!

  • http://Webpronews Leslie

    I think she is gorgeous! I’m so proud of her to post photos of herself and other beautiful women since obviously she is comfortable with her body, and she looks great! Why can’t people be supportive of women of all shapes and sizes? You can be overweight bust still be fit and fabulous! She is not promoting obesity, but she’s promoting positive self-image. I hate to break it to you but you can be skinny and unhealthy, but you can be fit, beautiful, and sexy at any size!

  • nick ho

    happy about her unhealthiness? good. happy dying!

  • kim

    This all boils down to why do we care that she is wearing a Bikini? Does this really effect anyone’s life but her own?

    • Alfonso Rodriguez

      Women is God greatest creation of Art! A woman body, don’t have to be in any certain way shape or form! Just enjoy it!!

  • brandi

    I’m so tired of a woman’s worth being judged first and foremost by her appearance. That is all that is emphasized anymore – how a female looks. I’d love to see the day when our brains, our personalities, etc, have greater weight. But that won’t be in my lifetime.

    I applaud her for being comfortable in her skin…no matter what public perception is. That is a hard thing to be, in general: okay with your appearance. It is a constant struggle for some (and not just about one’s shape).

    Personally, I dig her bikini and her style. Keep doing what makes you happy.

  • Jamie O’Flinn

    It’s amazing how freaked out everyone gets over the sight of someone who is fat and happy.
    Oh how they yammer on about “health risks” and “costs” and all these other buzzwords the headlines have tought them to parrot, without any actual self-research or critical thinking applied.

    You can’t tell a thing about this woman’s, or anyone’s health, life expectancy, personal interests, lifestyle, or anything from her figure. She’s hot, she’s happy. Why must you try and turn that into some kind of crisis?

  • near_miss527

    I spent half my life skinny as a rail and was miserable because of it. So you hefty girls, I know the world can be cruel with regards to how you look. It takes all kinds of people to make a world, and how horrible it would be if we all looked alike. I am concerned about the health risks that all too often go with extra weight. If you are comfortable in what you choose to wear, by all means wear it. What is important is your health. Get a thorough check up and take seriously any indications that you are developing life threatening diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and the list keeps going. Don’t make your looks your number one goal. Instead make your health your priority. Eat healthfully, get treatment for any serious condition you may have. Get some exercise, whatever you can do. Anything is better than nothing. I finally accepted what I looked like. It took so much stress off me. Now I don’t care what others think. This is me, this is who I am, and I shall do my best to stay healthy. So take me or leave me.

  • Grace

    Damn. Shut the hell up. It’s just a picture.

  • Kara

    I am glad there are lot’s of fat chicks wearing bikinis in public, it just makes me look better in mine! You would not believe what some of these whales wear at our community pool!

  • Skinny Bitch with a Fatgirl Opinion

    Well, I think MY opinion might matter. I’m 100 lbs. Let me tell you, I don’t see anything wrong with this young lady’s figure. She’s plump, but she’s not gross in any way and you who are picking on you…remember what a jokester God can be, okay? Because my friend prayed for patience and got NINE kids. Well, you all sit here poking fun of this young lady and other fat people watch out. God might pack on an extra 200 lbs for you someday and it’s just so sad to see how finger-pointing and childish you are. For the young lady…you look lovely. You could take off some weight for YOURSELF (not for the idiots below), or you could leave it on. That is YOUR decision. It’s our decision in this world to be and act and to live how WE want. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, should point a finger at anyone for being who they wish to be. You go girlfriend and rock your curves. I’ve always wanted curves and you got ‘em girl.

  • Melissa

    There are so many women, such as myself, who don’t want to be fat, but due to health reasons, we have no choice. I have a thyroid disorder. And there are days that I feel that I am a skinny person trapped in a fat persons body. I eat healthy, don’t overindulge, and because of this health problem, I STILL don’t have a choice. I have worked out religiously, and don’t lose weight. I have tried every type of diet that exists. And still no results. So for there to still be people, especially men, who go out of their way to insult “Fat chicks’ is beyond my understanding. I’m married, I have a beautiful 1 year old daughter, a house, and I am as happy as can be, but why can’t I ever escape the shallow insults of society? Why does the world have to be like this?

  • K

    The woman IS promoting health but is basically saying that even if you decided to have a healthier lifestyle(regardless of size) your body wont change over night so you should bring about confidence and an overall positive self image since things like obesity and anorexia can come from having a lack of these things.

    • Marizzle

      HI-FIVE!!!!

  • Rebecca

    I dont believe in promoting a “positive image” for the leading cause of death world wide. Obesity is not about image. It isnt something we should learn to accept, it is something we should learn to fight.

  • stephanie

    I think it is disgusting that a size 18 is the norm and people are saying that’s ok. This girl should not be wearing a bikini. They shouldn’t even make a two piece any larger than a 12. Let’s promote healthy eating, exercise, being active and taking care of ourselves. Let’s stop pretending its ok to be obese. I don’t want my hard earned dollars paying for this girl when she is in the hospital with some disease due to her overeating and lack of self control. Applaud her confidence or whatever all you want, but let’s be real. This isn’t ok. And I’m talking from a health standpoint more than anything else!

  • pat

    I only wish I had as much balls as her and could accept myself as well….I am not heavy but lack self esteem, she is a beautiful woman that is all there is too it and more power to her! It is ridiculous that our society holds anorexic looking models in such high regard, beautiful women come in all shapes, sizes, and AGES! You go girl!

  • Miker

    Seriously….??? Who cares ? If your comfortable walking around like a stuffed burrito – enjoy.