I work with a woman who is probably 300+ lbs... I am a bad guesser at that type of thing but she is definitely in the morbidly obese category.
When we work together at our preschool she never has issues that interfere with the job so I just didn't realise how being big can seem like a disability. Then last week we took the children to the pumpkin patch and there were so many things she couldn't do because of her weight.
She had to go outside of the hay maze and walk around the building to the other exit because inside the maze children couldn't get around her, she took up the whole aisle. Then at the pony rides each adult took turns riding a horse but she insisted that she just didn't like horses. Then one of the staff that worked there pointed out that she was too heavy to ride and I think everyone mentally cringed at his lack of tact, but my coworker did handle it very well and joked it off like it was no big deal. Then they had a small roller coaster that goes around in a circle and seats around 10 and they asked a staff member to ride in front and she made a big deal about how someone should stand at the gate and volunteered herself. I wondered if it was because she was afraid of breaking the ride or not being able to fit inside the cart.
Afterwards all of the staff got treated to lunch by our director and we got seated at a booth and she requested a chair on the end, even though there was plenty of booth space. She obviously was afraid of not fitting or something like that. She got very red in the face and I felt bad for her.
I just can't understand how you can let yourself get THAT fat. I mean, I know the reasons why people get fat to begin with but you don't gain that kind of weight overnight. You would think after 100lbs or so she would go "woah" and stop herself. She still doesn't appear to be doing anything about it. I could never live with being so obese that it prevented me from doing things in daily life. She is so obese it's almost like having a disability and it's completely in her control to change it. Sad. I would rather die than live a life like that.