“My Big Fat Fabulous Life’s” Whitney Thore continues to fight fat-shaming.
The TLC star stopped by Access Hollywood Live, where she addressed Nicole Arbour’s recent controversial video.
“The first thing that’s problematic: you can argue that most people are fat because they are lazy or because of their lifestyle choices and I don’t know what the percentage is for that. Of course, some people are fat because of that. Some people are fat because they have medical conditions. Some people are fat for more than one reason. It is a very complex and nuanced problem and I have never blamed all of my weight gain on PCOS,” Whitney, who has poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. “I gained 100 pounds in eight months seemingly uncontrollably. After that, the reason my weight continued to climb was because I felt so ashamed because of attitudes like you just saw. Nobody wanted to talk about it. It was very taboo. But everybody had something to say behind my back. People treated me like I wasn’t a human being. I went from prom queen to being completely dismissed as a woman in our society.”
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In her video, Nicole proclaimed, “Fat-shaming is not a thing. Fat people made that up… you should stop eating.”
Whitney disagrees with Nicole and shared her side with Billy and Kit.
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“When you make a person feel that way, it doesn’t lead to very healthy choices. I didn’t want to go out and go to the gym. When I did, I heard people laughing at me. I didn’t care about my health. I was so depressed that I didn’t want to leave the house. I think that fat shaming obviously, studies are showing this now, it doesn’t make people want to make healthier choices. It makes us feel worse. If you want to say you are concerned about somebody, you don’t simultaneously insult them,” she continued.
Despite hearing disparaging comments daily, the reality star said, “I am truly the happiest I’ve ever been.”
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Season 2 of “My Big Fat Fabulous Life’s” airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on TLC.
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