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We've seen the jokes about obese Tampa Bay mom. Got any advice for her?




[John Pendygraft | Times]

Stacy Woltmann weighs 419 pounds. A chair once collapsed beneath her at Subway. Another time, she was escorted out of the Mummy roller coaster at Universal because she couldn't fit in the seat.

St. Petersburg Times writer Leonora LaPeter Anton writes about Woltmann's decision to go on a diet — and lose 100 pounds in a year. Seems like a long shot, but Woltmann, 30, says she's determined and is writing about her mission on her Race to the Skinny Jeans blog. readers have posted more than 60 comments, some offering Woltmann inspiration and tips: Have your dinner salad first, try Weight Watchers, eat in moderation.

To nobody's surprise, readers also have chimed in with their fat jokes and nasty remarks. They have asked how she let her weight get so out of control and raised doubts about whether Woltmann will reach her goal.  Jay from Tampa, wrote that she "should have never gotten that big to begin with."

Woltmann knows that, and becoming a mother has inspired her to do something about it. Her photo was on the St. Petersburg Times' front page and on's homepage today.

So, before you comment on this story, we have a couple of questions: Would you announce your weight next to your name? Would you have your photo taken if you were obese?

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:57pm]


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