Television and film star Gabourey Sidibe (pictured) has undergone an amazing physical transformation regarding her health and well-being.
The 33-year-old Academy Award nominee recently posted a significantly slimmed down picture of herself on Instagram. In 2009, Sidibe did an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey sharing her personal testimony regarding her unwavering desire to fight her body image issues and achieve better health.
“My first diet started when I was six-years-old. I’ve never been a small girl,” she told Winfrey.
“One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body… I got tired of feeling bad all the time. I got tired of hating myself,” Sidibe continued.
After the Precious star posted her Instagram photos, which showed off her significant weight loss, TimetoBreak.com erroneously reported that Glee star Amber Riley lost the weight instead of Sidibe. However, Sidibe quickly clapped back at the blog and posted on social media that she was the one who posted the pictures, not Riley.
“1.) My name is Gabourey Sidibe. Put some RESPEK on it! 2.) Amber Riley and I are not the same person.” Sidibe posted on Twitter last week.
Sidibe has definitely engaged in a life-changing experience that will improve her quality of life. She obviously understands that losing weight will significantly reduce her risk of being diagnosed with a whole host of adverse health disorders. Sidibe should be applauded for this as she is setting a great example for women everywhere.
So-called “fat shaming” is not the right thing for anyone to do. A woman definitely has the ability to be beautiful in any body type. However, the threat that is posed by obesity among black women in America is definitely a problem that must be taken seriously.
There is a thin line between loving who you are no matter your size and loving yourself enough to know that you must engage in a process of self-care, which improves your ability to live a healthy life that is free of serious health risks.