Whitney Thore is a body hero. Not because she is “Fat and Happy” or because she is a “Fat Girl Dancing”. She is a Body Hero not because of what her body is but who she is in it. Thore became a internet sensation when her Fat girl dancing video went viral sparking entertainment and news outlets to carry her story.
Whitney now 350 pounds was once 130 pounds and a dancer in college. However at 19 when she started putting on weight regardless of eating healthily, working out and dancing. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, that her wight gain was explained. This diagnosis brought with it the harsh reality that she might never have her previous smaller body back, this might have devastated some but Whitney took it in stride:
I think that she is inspirational and aspirational. I think that one of the things that we can take away from Whitney and her story is that we have to be careful not to judge. People might be tempted to look at her and assume that she is lazy, overeats and does not work out and yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. She lives a healthy lifestyle, dances eats well and yet has this hormonal disorder that effects her body in a very visible way. We [people] should not be so quick to judge…
Her spirit and her no Body Shame Campaign is exactly what we need. Whether is is not shaming someone because they are “too” big or “too” thin (because that happens as well) it should always be- first and foremost about health, and appreciation of what ever we are gender, race, size, shape, form. We are all worthy, and we are all ENOUGH, just as we are.
Creating a healthier body image through Acceptance, Appreciation and Respect