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Light Hearts With a Heavy Message
Photograph by Karen Kasmauski

"Bod Squad" cheerleaders protesting against WLS—weight-loss surgery—celebrate International No-Diet Day in front of a San Francisco hospital that performs gastric bypass procedures. "We provide a visual celebration of fat beauty and pride," says Marilyn Wann (in pink bra), who has seen friends die after complications from weight-loss surgery. Fat-rights activists argue that when an obese person maintains a balanced diet and exercises regularly, he or she can be just as healthy—and live just as long—as a lean and fit individual.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 25mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Fair
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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