With her hit show My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Whitney Way Thore is an inspiration to countless people. The focus of her message is having no body shame, and Whitney talks openly about her life with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).
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Whitney Way Thore PCOS
I first met Whitney Way Thore at the 2013 Body Love Conference put on by fat activist Jes Baker. This was after her Fat Girl Dancing video went viral but before TLC came knocking.
The Whitney you see on TV is the very same Whitney I met in person.
She has a big personality and an even bigger heart. I'm thrilled she agreed to answer a few questions about life as a TV reality star and having PCOS.
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Whitney, What's The Story Behind My Big Fat Fabulous Life?
In March of 2013, after my “Fat Girl Dancing” video went viral, I was contacted by TLC to do a possible collaboration.
Less than a year later my story and my family has ended up on national television.
Admittedly, I was a little nervous entering into the project, as I have no control how the show would be edited or how we would be portrayed. I would like to say, however, that I'm thrilled with the episodes I have seen so far!
TLC is a network committed to telling human stories.
I'm beyond grateful to have an outlet to tell mine!
Do you have a message you'd like to share with women who have PCOS and feel alone?
PCOS has greatly affected my life, and not just in the area of weight. It's such a common syndrome that affects so many women and affects them all differently.
CYSTERS, you are not alone! We are not hopeless or broken and we can find happiness while dealing with this frustrating and often times heartbreaking condition.
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Also, I like to point out that while on the show PCOS is a highlight, I don't want to alienate women who DON'T have it. I believe that it's easier for America to swallow the story of a woman whose weight gain has a contributing health factor behind it, but let me make it clear: we do not need an excuse for our bodies – no matter what issues we are struggling with!
What do you hope is the main takeaway people have after watching My Big Fat Fabulous Life?
I hope that anyone watching can believe, TRULY believe, that they can find self-love and acceptance in their current body and circumstances.
I spent most of my life (even when I was thin and dealing with eating disorders) feeling depressed and unworthy. Shame followed me, no matter what body I was in, but now I can honestly say I love myself.
You owe it to yourself to live your dreams and pursue your passions! Your body is NOT a hindrance.
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I would like to lose some weight so that I have a better quality of life – and this is a personal choice for me – so that I can dance better and longer, fit comfortably into chairs, be more active, etc. Yet, I will not love myself anymore if my weight diminishes.
I am the happiest I've ever been right here and now and you can be too!
Also, be sure to check out Whitney's book, I Do It with the Lights On!
Tuesday 8th of November 2022
I am tankful for you, I love you sharing your life
Tuesday 26th of October 2021
Hi Whitney..Just to let you know we live in Ontario Canada 40 miles from the Sarnia /Port Huron border in Michigan. We have ALL Covid shots, Visa etc to cross but Americans won't allow us to go across However they have been allowed here in Ontario for ages So what your French man is saying could be the truth. Stay in there kiddo but remember guard up on someone you really don't know. Good Luck. Enjoy your show. Love your bubbly attitude. In my 70's but I like you and I like crossing the border for Christmas gifts. On line buying just isn't my generation. Say Hi to everyone for me
Tuesday 21st of March 2017
You..rock girly...keep up the good work...you are one of the women that inspire me ...to be happy of who I am..and how I look...and you also thought me not focus on negative side...but to always focus on the positive... Lots of love to you dear...and pls say hi to Buddy for me...
Thursday 26th of January 2017
Congratulations!! Whitney on your pregnancy
Saturday 28th of January 2017
We're happy for her too!
Christy Dawn Moore
Wednesday 25th of January 2017
I enjoy your show, you have a great personality. I think it is wonderful you are pregnant especially with the odds against you. I wish you good luck with your pregnancy. I do not have pcos but have had several losses and my husband and I unexpectedly got pregnant. I was scared and it was a horrible 9 months, but we now have a gorgeous little boy. Sometimes what's unexpected turns out to be the best thing. It brought me out of a deep depression and I'm very thankful for that. Congrats on your little miracle.
Wednesday 25th of January 2017
I'm so very sorry to hear you've experienced losses but I'm so very happy for your little boy. Wishing you all the best and I'm excited to watch Whitney's journey too.