Whitney Thore My Big Fat Fabulous Life & Overweight Dancer Inspires


Dr. Oz: What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Dr. Oz talked to Whitney Thore on his show from the TLC series My Big Fat Fabulous LifeWhitney Thore weighed 114 pounds when she started high school and was a very active dancer. When she started college, she started gaining weight so fast she didn’t know what was wrong with her. It turned out she had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). At the end of her freshman year of college, she’d gained 100 pounds. She quit dancing because she couldn’t stand to look at herself in the mirror.  You will be totally inspired by her story of how she lost weight, on the next page…



  1. Laura says

    I understand your frustrations with your weight. I was always pudgy as a child and then in my teens gained 30-40 lbs…by the time I was 17 I was slowly on my way to gaining to 300 lbs as I was eating for emotional reasons. I yo-yoed for years up and down 20, 40, 60 lbs at a time but finally I lost it the wrong ways (fasting, 500 calories, cabbage diet, etc) but have kept it off the right way with non & low fat, fruits & vegies, almost no meat, never eating out, eating lots of good grains like oatmeal, shredded wheat, bran flakes, etc. It is still a struggle to keep the weight off (I lost it at age 24 and now I am 57…but I range 140-155 and a size 4 to 8 depending on the manufacturer, style and stretch of fabric!).

    I found ballroom dancing in my early 20’s and that has kept me motivated to keep the weight off. I love to sew fancy clothes to wear to dances that I decorate with sequins, feathers, rhinestones, lace, applique, etc. I deal with severe chronic pain issues with fibromyalia, ehlers danlos and chronic intractable failed neck pain (status post cervical fusion) with chronic daily headaches complicated by a migraine disorder and much more.

    Nothing tastes as good as looking pretty in an outfit, esp if I have made it and decorated it. I’m currently sewing a pale blue skirt with matching top and the skirt has an uneven hemline and two rows of ruffles. I am making ruffle frill flowers (2 sizes) to match….don’t know where I will put them yet…maybe the skirt, maybe my hair, maybe my shoes….who knows!

    You may want to look at the lap band or gastric bypass at your weight. There is now much more success with it than when I lost the weight. There are many more helpful foods and other things to help keep the weight down if you decide to utilize them.

    Love to hear from you!

  2. Lois Collins says

    Whitney you are an inspiration- if people only understood, I often though all those people going for that bypass surgery was not necessarily from eating, and you proved that to me there is a true medical condition that can be a cause. I applaud you for your willingness to tell the world that large people are not just what they eat but to talk to their doctor and see if it truly is medical. Keep up the inspiration to the world and those that say the insulting words should stop and consider it could be them

  3. Bob Barker says

    Oh, this show. I was hoping I’d find it a little less off-putting by episode two, but . . . yeah. Whitney complains about a lack of boundaries, but then asks her mother to shave the backs of her legs and gets upset when her father comes into her bedroom to bring her a list of chores. This woman is 30. I was living as a full-fledged, independent, gainfully employed adult at 10 years younger, and as a mother at seven years younger. Whitney interacts with her parents the same way my 14-year-old daughter does with me when she doesn’t get what she wants. She shouldn’t have to be asked to clean up after herself and be reminded to unload the trash bags from her truck. Does she pitch in around the house or cook dinner two or three nights a week for her senior parents? My guess is no. She comes off as very entitled, pampered, and desperately in need of constant validation and attention. One word: exhausting.

    As for her dancing, I know there’s a section dedicated to that, but I’m going to add my comments here since so much of these episodes focused on her dancing. I really don’t think she dances, in the strictest sense of the word. Her movements look more like aerobics. To bill herself as a dancer is being more than generous. I don’t expect her to be Fred Astaire, but you have to do more than undulate and smirk at yourself in the studio mirror to call it dancing.

    I feel for Whitney and in large part, I truly understand her struggles on a deeper level than I care to admit. I just don’t know how much of her life can be justified into a reality show that people will take the time to tune into every week, particularly when the star is a bit . . . um . . . obnoxious. More importantly, I just can’t figure out what the show wants to be about. She says it’s about self-esteem and acceptance of overweight people. Great, but so far, all we know is that she’s messy, unemployed, living with her parents (but complaining about boundaries), and focusing exclusively on dancing. All of that is fine, but we need a message and not just a series of “shocking” scenes. I don’t want to see this woman’s raw, rashy inner thighs. I don’t want to know her hip measurements. I don’t want to watch her change her pants in a parking lot in full view of everyone. I’m really glad that Whitney is lucky enough to have such supportive friends and a nice, quirky mom, but, in my opinion, there’s just not enough here to sustain a television show.

  4. Holly says

    I applaud Whitney for having the courage to place herself in a position that leaves her open to critical opinions. Like Whitney…I used to be thin and I studied dance (classical ballet mostly) for years. It takes courage to accept a body that is nothing like it used to be, a body that people openly find repulsive and mock….and put it into a leotard, tights or any kind of snug-fitting fitness clothes. Almost everyone wants to be memorable – but few want to be remembered for being “fat”. Most over weight people like to hide in the background and hope no one notices them. Whitney puts it all out there and accepts – with laughter or tears – the comments and looks from those who have no idea what her life is like. None of us knows how long we will be alive on this planet or what the future holds in store for our health, our bodies or how our lives will change. Whitney isn’t wasting the time she has by sitting at home and hiding. She is living her life. That is NOT an easy thing to do. Whether Whitney is a skilled dancer or not, has a messy bedroom and car, or lives at home with her parents is NOT the point – the point is, she is making the most of her life. And if her TV show can encourage even one person to adopt a similar attitude, to get out there and live openly and accept that life is NOT about your dress size, to accept themself as who they are despite physical difficulties (whatever they may be) – then Whitney has been a success. I wish her all the best.

  5. sharon says

    Good luck I know how you feel I remember when my nice got married instead of sitting with the family I was assigned to sit with the grooms family brother I will never forget that that’s why I am like you trying to loose weight

  6. Beatriz says

    Whitney I am 55 years old,but I think you are beautiful and love your personality.I do wish you the best in loosing weight for your health.But I wish I had your energy.God Bless.

  7. says

    I lv u whitney I think ur are an amazing inspiration to us all I watch your show every week and always look forward to the next one ignore those haters they r just jealous of the courage you have you have helped me with my self conscious ness although I am not over weight mine is through haveing 5 kids but I felt low about my body and watching your show has made me learn to love my body again you are my inspiration my hero even and if I can even have half the confidence you have then I am on the way to being a much better happier person so thankyou from the bottom of my heart and also just wants to say that I think you and buddy should defiantly give it another go x

  8. Gerry says

    Whitney, I am a petite girl who never judges you by your weight. Actually I never see your size I am totally addicted to your heart, personality and kindness.
    What you give to us viewers is absolutely spectacular. I enjoy you, your mom and dad. I only wish one day to bump into you to give you a big hug and return a speck of love that I feel for you as a true and honest person who shares your life story unconditionally.

    Keep doing the amazing job in showing us unappreciated people how to freely express ourselves no matter what and to stop being hung up on garbage. I truly hope that your health situation is on the mend.

    Big hugs…….

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