Blogger, radio producer, and dancer Whitney Trope grew up a perfectly healthy 125-pound girl.
But in an interview with RightThisMinute, she said that beginning from when she was 10 years old, she internalized a lot of shame about her body.
In college, Whitney was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, and gained 200 pounds in two years.
She was shocked to see how differently society treated her when she was heavy versus when she was thin — especially because on the inside, she had always felt fat and bad anyways.
But instead of being ashamed of her size, Whitney has decided to embrace the term "fat." She told RTM that she's on a “rapid journey into self love, and it feels really freaking awesome.”
While she does say she would like to lose about 100 pounds because she can’t dance the way she wants to, Whitney also said she has no interest in being society's definition of thin ever again.
The description on her website, No Body Shame Campaign, really says it all.
I am learning to practice aggressive self-love. I have lived my life as a 130-pound woman and as a 350-pound woman in North America, in Europe, and in Asia. Cultural norms, societal pressures, and the whims of the fashion industry do not define my worth as woman or a human being. My intelligence, personality, talents, and contributions do not fluctuate with the numbers on a scale. I am unwaveringly me at any size and I'm learning constructive and pro-active ways to help shape my ideals and the ideals of the world I live in. Do it with me?