The former supermodel learns how others discriminate against overweight people

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 03, 2005 08:00 AM

Hoping to discover how obese people are treated by others, super-svelte Tyra Banks went undercover as a 350-lb. woman for a segment that will air Monday on her syndicated The Tyra Banks Show.

The 31-year-old former supermodel called the experience – and the shocking reaction she received from others – “one of the most heartbreaking days of my life.”

After having been outfitted in a fat suit, Banks told the Associated Press, “I started walking down the street and within 10 seconds, a trio of people looked at me, snickered, looked me right in my eye and started pointing and laughing in my face. … I had no idea it was that blatant.”

She said obesity “seemed like the last form of open discrimination that’s okay.”

Later this month, on Nov. 18, Banks will again use her body for another segment. She reportedly plans to expose her own “dimpled butt” and receive endermologie treatment on the set. (Endermologie utilizes a machine to roll, pull, suction and massage parts of the body in the attempt to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Its effectiveness is unproven.)

In September, Banks underwent a sonogram on her show.