Since she's the star of a TLC reality show called My Big Fat Fabulous Life, viewers are of course curious to know how much Whitney Thore weighs. We know that she weighed 380 pounds when the show began, but what she weighs now is immaterial. Instead, we should be focused on her No Body Shame campaign and her journey to healthier eating habits, fitness, and body positivity — but her followers on Instagram have asked so often that Whitney decided to set the record straight herself.
"Spoiler: I’ve weighed the same since Season 1 of #MyBigFatFabLife in 2015. I have always been 380 lbs, with any fluctuation actually being lower than that. I weighed 355ish during a point in Season 4 — and yes, this is documented on TV, so you don’t have to take my word for it," Whitney revealed.
She shared a collage of nine photos of herself throughout the years, and she revealed that she has weighed exactly the same in each photo. "Every day I simultaneously see people saying I’ve lost SO MUCH weight or saying the opposite, speculating that I weigh 500 [pounds]. It seems that if a fat person doesn’t get considerably smaller, y’all are confused — because that’s what every fat person’s priority is, right? And if we’re not getting smaller we MUST be getting bigger?"
Burpees & sit-ups (and burpees & sit-ups). When you try a physical exercise and it doesn’t look anything like what it’s “supposed” to, remember that all bodies are different—not only in size, but in capabilities. Do it how YOU can; you’re getting the same benefits even if it doesn’t look as “good.” #MyBigFatFabLife #NoBodyShame
Whitney made it very clear that fans or haters should not be concerned with how much she weighs, but she said she kind of understands that it's less of an obsession with her body and more of just a projection of that person's own feelings about their body or weight. She even pointed out that the commenters can't really tell if Whitney has gained or lost weight. "Even in workout videos from today, so many are proclaiming I’ve just gotten bigger, but last week y’all were asking what my weight loss secret was," Whitney wrote.
She explained that it may seem like her weight fluctuates week to week, but there are a lot of factors that play into how Whitney looks on camera — different angles, different types of clothing, and many other things play a factor in how her body looks at any given point.
And for fans who think that My Big Fat Fabulous Life is a show about weight loss, they will be sorely disappointed. "My story is not going to be one of body transformation; I don’t want to be reduced to that; I’m a full human being who is more than my body," Whitney wrote. "I realize that we typically only see fat women in the context of weight loss, but I’d prefer you see me as a person primarily. I’m just living in my body — let me."