In January of 2014, Whitney Thore posted a video on YouTube entitled A Fat Girl Dancing, and it quickly went viral, garnering mixed reactions from the audience. Some were positive, others were not. But what most people didn't know was that Thore was once a slender dancer who rapidly gained 200 pounds after she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Before her diagnosis, Thore was already struggling with insecurities. "My life was actually not as good as it is now. I was much thinner but I was also very insecure," she said in an interview. "I was struggling with depression and eating disorders and you know from the outside, you would have thought my life was perfect. I was prom queen. But, really, I had a lot of problems," she added.

It was not easy for Thore to accept her situation and it took a few years before she was able to embrace it. "I was still very depressed and I hated myself and I just was waiting to lose weight so that my life could begin again. It's really how I felt. And I thought that I would never find happiness or success or self love unless I was thin."

It took a while for her to realize that she shouldn’t change herself just to please others and meet their standards. "I decided to try to live my life the way that I wanted, basically ignoring the fact that I was fat and I wanted to see what would happen. And the most amazing thing in the world happened. I found happiness and I found freedom."

With a fresher outlook on life, Whitney is set to be an inspiration to other women who are struggling with their figures through the No Body Shame Campaign–a movement that works to fight the devastating effects of body shame by promoting self-love and acceptance. She is encouraging other women to embrace their body shape without having to mind what other people think, saying that women’s bodies are here to help them through life, to carry them through experiences.

"You're not going to have all the joy in the world from the fact that you know you looked good on a certain day or not or somebody thought that were pretty. I think the important things in life are going to be what you accomplished and what you did and if you did what you love which for me is to dance."

She ended the interview with a message to people who are going through difficulties with their bodies. "Everybody has a body and everybody experiences body shame.  This could be whether you're too tall, too short, too skinny, or too fat. I think that it's important to remember that your body is here as a tool for you to use to find your happiness."

To know more about Whitney's life, watch her show My Big Fat Fabulous Life which airs on EVE every Wednesday, 9.00 p.m.

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