Obese poster upthread here. I actually AGREE with R105:I feel bad when I take up too much space on a bus next to someone - I aim for aisle seat and scrunch over as much as possible. On the rare occasionI have stepped one someone's foot, I felt horrible and apologized profusely. I have seen people quickly exchange one seat for a "heavier" one - in their apt or office; I don't say a word. I agreed with SW Airlines when they (do they still?) started making people who don't literally fit easily into a seat, but two seats.
But thank you R97 for pointing out it's not that easy to lose weight; has NOTHING to do with intelligence (years ago in my former small town, the town doctor - and you know doctors have education! - was both way-overweight and a smoker. Widowed at a young age; wife and later 2 young sons, all died of leukemia.)
Few years after his mother died, he fell more into despair and shot himself; poor 2nd wife (whose 1st husband had been electrocuted) had to find his body.
So this fat dr. had his issues. I am working with a therapist and shrink to find out why I am over 300 at 5 ft. 1. Poster who said, "not very intelligent!" - I completely see your point.
But I think addiction - and there is no other word for it; I have gotten that bad; no better than a drunk or a drug addict - is outside of intelligence. I am willing to think (pace another thread) that Cory Monteith was quite intelligent; Robert Downey jr., etc., etc.
Which does NOT excuse me looking hideous, agree.
But thanks to R97 for pointing out there are a LOT of potential problems with the several weight-stapling, etc., surgeries. I have an aquaintance out west, and a neighbor in my building, who each had it and are doing very well; one, several years later. But I know of (not personally) people who have died, and people who started eating again and gained it all back, even with such surgery.
In my case: have other health issues; dr doesn't think I would be a good candidate; nutritionist, shrink and therapist point out I'm an "emotional eater" and surgery might not ultimately do any good.
Sorry to go on and on. In short, I continue to completely agree that this woman should NOT have gotten on the ride. Someone upthread wondered if her kids encouraged her: God, I hope not, but hopefully someone will explain to them that THEY're not to blame for (a) wanting that or (b) park's ultimate negligence for not LETTING their overweight mother get on.
(ANd I am going to try HARDER to lose weight!)