How One Woman is Bringing Light to a Disease That Affects One in Four Women, Yet Not Many Know About It

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By: Krystle Crossman

Whitney Thore has made quite the name for herself lately. She had started posting videos on Youtube where she would show off her excellent dance moves. But it wasn’t all her dancing skills that people were taking notice to. Whitney weighs 380 pounds. She was diagnosed with PCOS and ended up gaining 100 pounds in 8 months. Because of her vivacious personality and confidence in her own skin she now even has her own show on TLC called my Fabulous Fat Life. She states that she is not in anyway promoting obesity but is promoting confidence in yourself no matter the circumstance.

Whitney states that she does not blame all of her weight on the PCOS alone. She said that she absolutely takes responsibility as well. But the first 100 pounds was out of her hands. Polycystic ovary syndrome is a horrible disease for women that so many people do not know about. There is no cure. There are no treatments. It comes on suddenly, without warning, and destroys your life. Your hair falls out, you grow facial hair, you gain weight very suddenly, you have a hard time losing weight, you never know when your next period is going to happen or for how long, you become insulin resistant, and you are tired all the time. These are just a few of the symptoms that you will experience with PCOS. And that isn’t even the worst part. The symptoms are so completely random that it is very hard to diagnose. You will have no idea what is going on with your body and there is nothing that you can do to control it or stop it.

Whitney is becoming a spokesperson of sorts for PCOS and that is a great thing. There is no focus in the public about this disease yet it affects one out of four women. It is also a genetic disorder. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2006. I had my son in January and had dropped back down to my pre-baby weight of 170. All of a sudden I just started gaining weight like crazy. I hadn’t changed my diet or exercise, and even when I ate the healthiest that I could and worked out every day, I kept on gaining. One year later I was 100 pounds heavier. Since then I have gained a total of 140 pounds. I have been on fad diets, I have changed my eating habits and workout habits to try and get rid of some of the weight. I will drop a few pounds here and there but it comes right back just as quickly. I have been through depression (which is another thing that is caused by PCOS and the weight gain doesn’t help). I applaud Whitney for being so open and candid about what she is going through.

Whitney says that she loves exercising and loves being active. She still loves her body as-is and wants other people to have the confidence in who they are. She does however promote a healthy lifestyle. She eats a healthy diet and exercises all the time. It is a tough situation for any woman but she does it with style and grace.

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