‘Producer Whitney’ shows ‘no body shame’ in viral dancing video

Whitney Thore (Courtesy: YouTube/JaredandKatie)

Whitney Thore (Courtesy: YouTube/JaredandKatie)

Whitney Thore, on-air producer for 107.5 KZL in Greensboro, is sending a message with her “A Fat Girl Dancing” series on YouTube as a part of her “No Body Shame Campaign.”

“Cultural norms, societal pressures, and the whims of the fashion industry do not define my worth as woman or a human being,” Thore states on NoBodyShameCampaign.com. “My intelligence, personality, talents, and contributions do not fluctuate with the numbers on a scale.”

She stopped dancing in college after she started experiencing inexplicable weight gain.

“Unable to face my reflection, I failed out of dance class my first semester,” Thore told The Huffington Post in an email.

“By the time I had graduated college, been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, moved to Korea, and gained 200 pounds, I was finally able to dance socially, at a club or party, but never dreamed I would take a class or perform publicly ever again,” Thore said.

As part of Thore’s “No Body Shame Campaign” she discusses her own struggles with body acceptance and hopes to inspire other women.

“I am fully dedicated to supporting fellow women in ridding ourselves of shame, and showing that I am NOT ashamed of my body,” she told The Huffington Post.

36 comments

  • shani twian

    our society do not need to promote embracing obesity … im glad she proud of her body and is happy… but is she really healthy in her current physical condition ???…. now that set aside she is still a really good dancer

    • Randy Jessup

      shani twian I say this with as much kindness as I can express. You need to check what you have just said. Take inventory of your statement. She is not saying embrace obesity she is saying do not be ashamed of it. I hate to say this but you are the very reason this situation exist. A better way to express your question would have been to omit the first part, and just have said, ….

      ” I’m glad she is proud of her body and is happy… I am however concerned about her health, is she healthy in her current condition? If she is then you go girl! Because you are a really good dancer!”

      That would have said the same thing without condemning her.

      Think before you express something
      T is this Truthful?
      H is this Helpful?
      I is this Instructive?
      N is this Necessary?
      K is this Kind?

      What you said was not helpful, not necessary and not kind. It is OK to omit one of these sometimes but not two and never three.

    • Cyndi Goldfarb

      I will tell you I for most of my life I could her myself saying to me, ” I am a good person. I am proud of my accomplishments. People should like me for what I am, not what a look like.” Just make sure that you are really happy with you and that it is not a cop out to allow you to do what is not good for your body. What I could do at Whitney’s age was no different than others my age. When you become 50 however, the wear and tear on the body and your health will generally show.
      Eat healthy to be healthy. Love yourself and make wiser choices.

      • Heather

        Cyndi, you have no idea what you are talking about. Whitney didn’t eat her way to her physical condition. Maybe you should read her blog before you assume, because you know what happens when you do that.

  • Mike

    The entire 107.5 morning crew are kooks beside Goodman. I guess when you don’t pay that’s the help you get. I don’t know who is more a oohing between katie, Jared, and whit. But she can dance for a big girl!

  • EliseoandCynthia Hercules

    YOU GO GIRL!!! I know what it is like to struggle with weight and feel like you can’t do things like this publicly. You are an inspiration to women everywhere who don’t feel good about their reflection. Thank you!!!

  • 2Cents

    Good for you! I am all about people loving themselves the way they are and not being ashamed of it! I do hope she is taking her health into consideration along the way. But other than that….dance on Whitney!
    As a side note, I can not stand that morning show on KZL. They are the most annoying group of chatter packs I’ve ever heard. It’s like nails on a chalk board !

  • Brandy

    “He is who without sin, cast the first stone.” John 8:7

    You all should be ashamed of your comments. It’s not like she woke up one day and said, “Hey. I think I will gain a bunch of weight so that society will make fun of me! That sounds like a load of fun!” Telling people who are overweight to lose weight is like telling a meth addict they have a problem. Ya think we don’t know that??? Do you think we chose to be overweight?? Cause let me tell ya…its a freaking blast! Being called bulldozer, fat ***, chubbs, wide load, etc. Is the highlight of my day! Seriously. You should really think before you speak.

    Whitney, you are beautiful and girrrllllll….you got moves!! Keep up the excellent dancing!! I love it!!

  • Jamie

    For those that are critisizing her weight you might want to read her actual story. She has PCOS which stands for Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome and let me tell you as a fellow “cyster” I am so proud of her. This disease causes a hormone inbalance which screws with our entire system It is extremley hard for us to maintain a level of what is considered healthy weight what might take you a month to lose well take us 3 or 4 . So just remember before you call someone FAT think that there actually might be a reason behind it.

    Whitney You are an amazing dancer and an inspiration.

  • JBC

    For all of you making assumptions about this young lady’s health… you need to check yourselves. Weight alone is a very poor predictor of health outcomes. Eating well, managing stress, getting enough rest, exercising, and avoiding smoking are far better predictors of health outcomes than weight alone.
    Rock on Whitney! Your moves are awesome!

  • Will Grant

    hahahahaha oh, brother….the Internet White Knights are out in full “force” today … go ahead and “defend” this whale…she still won’t go out with you …she will go out with real men…she has e-mailed me privately laughing about all of you thinking you are “protecting” her

  • Elk

    This, we need more stuff like this. We need role models of ALL shapes and sizes, and we need more people out there who aren’t ashamed (now matter how hard our society tries to tell them they should be) of their beautiful bodies. Shine on, Whitney. Loved it.

    • Will Grant

      You are the one who invoked various “laws” in an attempt to change what people say. You’re just another left-leaning fascist who tries to cloak her true nature with “sensitive” overtones.

      No one said you couldn’t post an opinion, “tris” … just reminding you that we who think you are full of it have the same right.

    • Will Grant

      oh, brother Few things are more annoying than the editorial “we” … you don’t speak for everyone else, “Elk”

      this porker is getting exactly what she wanted…attention and sympathy from like-minded losers and “white knights”

  • KayRose Minamino

    Thank you for raising awareness, my cyster-keep spreading the word! I have PCOS as well, and have struggled with my weight my entire life. Numbers on a scale do not define who we are!

    • tris

      Well, its a good thing you do not have to guess for a living, because the jokes on you, I am not! I just think people like you, Will, are the reason they have anti bullying laws and so much hate going on……
      But, good attempt on your part, keep searching, dude…..

      • Will Grant

        So you are in favor of stomping all over the Constitution so that losers don’t get their feelings hurt? You are exactly what is wrong with this once great country, “Tris”

      • tris

        No, Will, you have it wrong again, I am not stomping on The Constitution, I am exercising my right to post an opinion, just as you have today.

        However, I also believe in another little rule of life, “treat others as you would have them treat you.”

        I also do not consider a “loser ” to be someone who got there feelings hurt, the real “losers” are the ones who are calling people names, making fun of them and why unfortunately we do have to have new laws.

        And yes, I do stand up if I think something is wrong, like your name calling, and looking at the comments, I don’t think I am alone.

  • WhyDoesEveryneedAcceptance

    I think I may have caught diabetes while watching this. People who search out acceptance are truely the weak ones. Stand on your own two feet and be yourself and dont worry about what others think.

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