A Growing Problem: Obesity is Still on the Rise in the US

In 2014, 27.7% of American adults were obese (BMI 30+), and that number is up 2.2% over the last 7 years. Meanwhile the number of people who are classified as overweight (BMI 25-29.9) has dropped by 1.5%, and people classified as normal bodyweight (BMI 18.1-24.9) has dropped slightly by 1%.

This points to a troubling trend – the population as a whole is getting heavier, with many people moving towards being overweight and obese.

A Cruel World: Overweight Woman Captures Stares

1 Haley Morris Cafiero

We live in a society that engrains in us the idea that pointing out flaws in others can make us feel better about ourselves, which is why Honey Boo Boo and People Of Walmart are so popular. But constantly comparing ourselves to one another rather than embracing the good in everyone leads us to feel detached from humanity and always wanting more. We’ve all felt insecure when a stranger looks at us the wrong way, but for some people this is an everyday occurrence. Memphis-based photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero knows first hand how cruel this world can be, but she has used it to her advantage to create this thought-provoking collection called Wait Watchers. She states, “I have always been aware of people making faces, commenting and laughing at me about my size. I now reverse the gaze and record their reactions to me while I perform mundane tasks in public spaces.”