At least one morbidly obese influencer speeds up her exercise videos – obviously to trick followers into thinking she could move faster than she’s actually capable.
I was inspired to write this after viewing yet another exercise video posted on a morbidly obese influencer’s Instagram account.
I often check in on a few morbidly obese influencers to generate article ideas and see what these deluded women are up to lately.
Ask yourself: WHY does a 330 pound woman speed up her exercise videos?
In the case of this particular body positive crusader and TikTok star, she has sped up videos of herself walking on a school track, trotting several yards on grass and doing calisthenics.
One might say that she does this to get as much video as possible into a limited amount of time.
But this defense doesn’t make sense when the video is only 30 seconds. Since when is it impossible to post a two-minute video on Instagram?
As for walking on the track — to a person who’s under her spell (421k IG followers at this time), the video would make her look almost like she’s jogging or, at least, walking 4+ mph.
It’s not difficult to tell when a video of someone walking (or very slowly lumbering) is sped up.
Yet someone had commented on how fast she could move. For some odd reason, this viewer’s brain couldn’t recognize a sped-up video.
As for the footage of this morbidly obese woman “trotting” across some grass, there were several comments to the effect of, “I can’t believe someone that big could move so well,” and, “How does someone that size move like that?”
I posted that the video was sped up, clearly to deceive people into thinking that this woman could move as well as anyone at a healthy body weight.
Her message seems to be, “You can be healthy even when you’re morbidly obese. I can prove it; look how fast I can move.”
How does one NOT recognize that a video of someone walking (or very slowly jogging) and doing calisthenics in the same spot has been sped up?
Why does this 330 pound influencer do this?
I cannot think of any other reason than to pull one over on gullible followers.
Let’s see her move on that track in real time. Let’s see her do those calisthenics in real time.
You might be thinking that it makes no difference – as long as she’s moving, right? As long as she’s covering half that track or completing those calisthenics, right?
If that’s what’s coming to your mind, then you’re missing the point.
The point is that this woman speeds up videos of herself moving – and the only explanation is to trick viewers into thinking that her enormous size is not an impediment to mobility.
There is just no other reason.
I can understand when videos of hair and makeup tutorials are sped up.
For example, I’ve seen a tutorial of a physically handicapped woman applying makeup. The end result was stunning.
Perhaps she figures that most viewers wouldn’t want to sit through the entire 45 minutes (or whatever) it took her to complete the job. So she condensed it to a rapidly sped-up five minutes.
Same for hair and home project tutorials. Forty-five minutes and especially two hours of footage are sped up to fit into five or so minutes. Makes plenty of sense.
But why would someone condense what was probably only a two-minute walk into 20 seconds?
Maybe to convince followers that she covered that distance in only 20 seconds? Sounds logical to me.
Maybe you’re thinking that it’d be quite boring to watch her walk for 90 seconds or whatever, and that’s why she sped up the footage.
However, being that she’s admitted to being 330 pounds, wouldn’t she want to show people that she can walk for two minutes on a track?
After all, this presentation would fit right in with her “healthy at any size” campaign.
Why be deceptive if you preach health at all sizes?
It certainly wouldn’t be boring watching this morbidly obese influencer do her calisthenics in real time. I can spare 90 seconds. I’m sure her fans can too.
It would be more impressive to show these videos in real time than to fake out viewers. Of course, she knows that there’s always going to be a percentage of followers who’ll fall for the ruse.
I’m banking that the vast majority of her hardcore followers don’t realize the videos are sped up, and that’s all that matters to her.
I don’t expect morbidly obese people to move quickly. I certainly didn’t when I was training them at a gym.
I focused on endurance for their aerobics and calisthenics (even if they had to rest after only 30 seconds), and had them do a lot of strength training (for which they’re on an even playing field with thinner people).
For interval cardio training, my instruction to them was to “move your fastest,” NOT “try to get up to 8 mph on the treadmill.”
If their fastest was only a 3 mph walk for 30 seconds, that was good enough, because to THEM, it was their fullest effort.
But physical performance isn’t my point here. My point is DECEPTION, and the sorry fact that some of this TikTok star’s viewers have fallen for it.
This trickery creates the illusion that morbidly obese people are fitter than they actually are. This illusion should NOT be cultivated.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.