1Too fat for murder
After lying to the authorities, Mayra eventually confessed the truth. She had invented the story to protect her sister Jaime, whom she claimed had struck the boy various times over his body with a hairbrush earlier the same day. (Source)
2Too fat to go to jail
A medical report submitted to the Victorian County Court sitting at Shepparton said Mr Jackson, who weighed 190kg, had suffered three heart attacks earlier in life and suffered from ongoing arthritis, sleep apnoea and other weight-related ailments. It said he had once weighed up to 234kg and that "morbid obesity" had been present all his life. The medical report also warned that a jail term would "create great problems" for his health.
While reluctant to talk about the incident, the 21-year-old said he was deeply sorry and had been keeping out of trouble since the barroom brawl. (Source)
3The family too fat to work
Both Philip Chawner, 53, and his 57-year-old wife Audrey weigh 24st. Their youngest daughter, Emma, is 5ft 3in and weighs 17st, while her older sister Samantha, 21, is 5ft 9in and weighs 18st. They haven't worked in 11 years, claiming their weight is due to a hereditary condition. Instead, the family spends their days in front of a television borrowed from a friend.
The family claim to spend £50 a week on food, including chocolate, chips and pies, and consume 3,000 calories each a day. (Source)
4Too fat to be executed
Post has tried losing weight, but knee and back problems have made it difficult to exercise, according to his court filing. (Source)
5Too fat to be a dad
In that time, he has lost 150 pounds, he said. (Source)
6Too fat to fly
Tiggeman, who lives in New Orleans and blogs about weight loss on her website, AllTheWeigh.com, filed an injunction, alleging that the Southwest agents "did not follow their company policy and chose to discriminate, humiliate and embarrass" her in front of "airport onlookers," and that the airline uses "discriminatory actions ... toward obese customers." Southwest currently has a Customers of Size policy, which requires passengers to buy a second seat if they can't fit between the armrests. Southwest's seats measure 17 inches across.
Tiggeman said she is not seeking monetary damages from the airline and filed the injunction application pro se, without legal representation. She said she wants an industry standard to be put in place for flyers who have to buy a second seat, including rules so that it is no longer up to gate attendants to decide whether or not an obese passenger has to purchase a second seat. (Source)
7Too fat to wear a wedding dress
The average UK woman has measurements of 39-34-41, putting them into a size of either 14 or 16.
Claire, who was due to get married last August, was left calling for dress shops to accommodate all shapes and sizes to avoid embarrassments for brides-to-be. (Source)
8Too fat to dance at a bar
Ramos visited the bar on March 3, 2012 and again on April 4 and experienced the same discrimination both times. The second time, a bouncer allegedly told her she couldn't dance because she was "obviously pregnant.”
According to Ramos, other plus-sized women have had similar experiences. The woman reached out to the Human Rights Commission in Iowa City, but according to the organization weight discrimination isn't illegal. However, that's not stopping Ramos from taking a stand for herself and others.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reached out to George Wittgraf, the owner of Union Bar, who said he was not familiar with the situation but disapproved of the employee's alleged behavior. Nevertheless, Ramos is planning a rally in front of Union Bar on May 4, where she says she hopes to ensure that the bar not only makes a formal commitment to prohibit any form of discrimination in the future, but issues an apology to anyone who's received sub-par treatment in the past. (Source)
9Too fat to be cremated
Firefighters were able to control the blaze by blasting water through the crematorium's vents, but not before the fire had already done enough damage to keep the crematorium shut down for several days. The firemen left the scene coated in layers of black, greasy soot.
Former Graz fire chief Otto Widestchek says it's time for Austria to start building special crematoria that are equipped to handle the risks of cremating obese bodies, according to the Herald Sun. In Switzerland, Widetschek points out, at least one such facility exists. (Source)