HIGH POINT, N.C. — Whitney Thore, better known across the Piedmont as “Producer Whitney” on 107.5 KZL’s Jared and Katie morning radio show, visited FOX8 on Friday to talk about her “No Body Shame Campaign.”
“I think back to when I was 117 pounds… that’s when I first engaged in disorder eating. What’s wrong with our society when 117 pound women have eating disorders?” Thore said.
Thore said she’s been doing the dancing videos for the last year, but it was only recently when her video went viral after it was featured on several news websites.
“My co-worker Jared Pike suggested I put these videos on YouTube and call them ‘Fat Girl Dancing,” Thore said. “Now I have eight blog posts and a tiny website, and suddenly it’s a campaign. I don’t know where it’s going, but I’m excited for the ride.”
Thore said she initially gave up dancing when she gained weight.
“I thought I had lost it, because once I started to gain weight I stopped dancing. I didn’t even dance by myself. I remember I was about 280 pounds alone in my apartment in Korea and I danced by myself for the first time in 5-6 years. It was such a cathartic experience I cried and I thought… I have to have this in my life. I cannot avoid dancing,” Thore said.
Thore said the most important part of her “No Body Shame Campaign” is encouraging people to find what makes them happy and pursue it.
“I want everyone to be able to seek their joy and know that their body doesn’t limit them… their looks don’t limit them. People will try to shame you and they will try to make you feel bad. We all deserve to live a life of happiness and do what we love,” Thore said.
For more about Thore’s campaign, visit NoBodyShameCampaign.com.