Dr. Oz: Brittany Gibbons Body Image
Dr. Oz talked to Brittany Gibbons, a woman with a mission to help full-figured women to embrace their size in order to boost self-esteem. Brittany is a popular blogger and found some of the responses she received to be far from funny, like people wondering how she landed a husband at her size or why she posted about food instead of going on a diet. All of these comments came from women.
Brittany decided to challenge the perception of beauty and body ideals to become the change she wanted to see. She launched Curvy Girl Guide, an online magazine.
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She also decided to become a swimsuit model at the age of 30. She modeled her swimsuit in Times Square, which helped her face her biggest fears. She wrote a book called Fat Girl Walking about the experience.
Brittany Gibbons said that she did it because she was tired of not seeing women that looked like her in swimsuit ads. The experience helped her change how she thought about her body. It also helped her be more appreciative of her health.
But does she feel a compulsion to lose weight? “I don’t. I’m very happy. I sort of tell myself I have the ultimate of the three Hs. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, but I’m also the healthiest and I’m the happiest. And that’s really important to me.”
She also noted she runs four times a week and she’s very active. She takes very good care of herself.
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Brittany said she wanted people who were ashamed of the way they look to ask themselves if they wanted to lose another day of their life to that fear. The answer should be no.
Several women who were inspired by what Brittany did posted pictures online of themselves in their bathing suits. One of them, Tabitha, joined them in Dr. Oz’s studio. She was wearing a bathing suit as she came out and she thanked Brittany for the work she is doing.
“You are our mentor, our sister, our friend. A year ago I was so depressed. I honestly never thought I could look in the mirror and say ‘I’m beautiful’. Not where I am now. Not until I had reached my goal. And here I am a year later standing in a swimsuit in front of everybody,” Tabitha said.