There is a movement by the name Project Harpoon, or more recently Operation Harpoon, with the sole purpose of finding images of plus-size celebrities, models, and regular folks, then editing the image to make the people from the original image a skinnier version of themselves. The images are generally accompanied by some rather crude comments to the effect of "Isn't that better?" The creators of this movement claim they are doing this to "help misguided women."
Body shaming, and specifically plus-size acceptance, has been a hot topic over the last couple years. There has been a big push to include more variety in body types across media and we are seeing a fair amount of progress being made in that regard. Plus-size body types are beginning to see celebrity role models, there are plus size models on magazine covers, advertisements targeted to plus-sized body types, and even store mannequins have begun popping up in plus-sized versions. There is a lot of talk about everything "plus sized," and even modeling agencies are beginning to cater entire divisions strictly dedicated to plus-sized models to fulfill client demand.
As with any revolution however, there will always be a segment of the population that does not agree, and plus sized acceptance is no different. Those who oppose claim that obesity is a direct result of poor self-maintenance. You will hear references to poor diet, laziness, and lack of exercise. Those who oppose the acceptance of plus-sized body types in the media do so because they feel it distorts a society's perspective on personal health and cultivates a generation of people who think an unhealthy body type is acceptable.
That is exactly where Project Harpoon steps in. Their entire premise is that through fitness and diet any person can become "attractive." Of course, their view of what is attractive is a bit narrow, shall we say. The creators of the movement go out and use images found across the Internet of plus-sized people and post side-by-side comparisons on their Facebook page with the "new and improved" version. There is usually some condescending and shameful comment attached to each post in an effort to drive home the point that obesity is not attractive.
On a personal note, we have done a fair amount of work relating to body positivity in my studio. I have had the privilege to see the sheer courage it takes for many plus-sized models to overcome public scrutiny for issues which are quite frankly out of their control. I can not imagine the devastating feeling one might have if they discovered their image being altered on Project Harpoon's page with captions that claim how much "better" you could be. Regardless of personal beliefs on this issue, nobody deserves this kind of treatment. I will let the following samples speak for themselves: