BODY SHAMERS: Kylie McGuigan is trying to find Tracey - a woman who was mercilessly mocked and photographed by two slim women as she tried to climb Mount Coolum for the first time on Wednesday.
BODY SHAMERS: Kylie McGuigan is trying to find Tracey - a woman who was mercilessly mocked and photographed by two slim women as she tried to climb Mount Coolum for the first time on Wednesday. Patrick Woods

Woman shamed while exercising by thin bullies

HUNDREDS of Sunshine Coast residents have come to the support of a woman body shamed by thin bullies - and she may not even know it.

A woman, known only as Tracey, was ready to give up on her first hike up Mount Coolum after she was mocked and photographed by a pair of slim women, when a kind stranger stepped in.

Kuluin mum Kylie McGuigan, who witnessed the exchange between Tracey and the two young women, posted about the incident on social media.

The post has gone viral; viewed more than 68,000 times in under 24 hours.

Kylie was climbing the mountain just before 8am on Thursday when she heard the two young women laughing and talking about Tracey as they passed her on the track.

"Then they've gone around and the girl at the back turned with her camera pointing directly at Tracey," Kylie said.

The young woman snapped some photos before showing them to her friend.

"They looked, looked back at her, started laughing, and then they were gone," Kylie said.

"(Tracey) just stopped walking, sat down on the closest step, and just broke down into tears.

"I stopped and said that I thought what they'd done was really cruel."

After kind some words and encouragement, Tracey and Kylie climbed to the top of Mount Coolum together.

"She was trying to exert herself and was quite hot and bothered," Kylie said.

"Not everyone can look amazing when they're exercising, so for that to cause giggles really got up my nose."

But it's not just Kylie's kindness that has gone out to Tracey. Hundreds of people across the Sunshine Coast have cheered Tracey on and offered support.

"I've got hundreds of comments and messages to go through... it's been overwhelming positivity for Tracey, and condemnation of those girls," Kylie said.

So now the hunt is on to find Tracey.

"We've had business owners and members of the general public offering to connect with her and go out with her," Kylie said.

"One Mooloolaba personal trainer has even offered her eight weeks of free personal training if we can find her."

Kylie hoped that Tracey would find the post on the Sunny Coast Community Board and get in touch.

"There's heaps of community support and I'd really love of her to at least see what they've said (online) and the support that they're throwing her way," she said.

Although she had never seen any bullying or fat shaming on the Mount Coolum track before, and hoped it is an isolated incident.

"I'd like to think that these sort of incidents are few and far between," Kylie said.

"I think there's a really low tolerance for that kind of thing now."

To the two young ladies, Kylie had a clear message: people aren't willing to stand for body shaming.

"I really hope they read some of the things that have popped up online and it makes them reconsider doing the same thing in the future."


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