‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’: Whitney Way Thore Tells All (Interview)

“There are guys who only like you because you are fat. You think that would be awesome, but it's really not."


Whitney Way Thore on 'My Big Fat Fabulous Life'
Whitney Way Thore was subjected to fat shaming almost every day of the four years she taught English as a second language in Korea.

“I got spit on,” she remembers. “I got assaulted, cursed at, oinked at and called a pig.”

In America, Whitney’s 400 pound frame (and a few killer dance moves) turner the former radio morning show producer into a viral video sensation — and landed her a riveting new docu-style reality show.

MY BIG FAT FABULOUS LIFE premieres January 13 on TLC.

Whitney, 30, says she was once a 5-foot-2-inch 110 pound dancer, but quickly packed on 200 plus pounds at college — the result of a rare condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Instead of hiding, she decided to make a statement about body image by uploading a video called A FAT GIRL DANCING to YouTube.

It has been viewed more than 6 million times.

Here’s what Whitney had to share last week in an exclusive interview with TheTVPage.com.

Despite her weight, Whitney is “pretty healthy.”
“I have never had high blood pressure or any medical problems. I like to say that I am pretty healthy and by the numbers I am healthier than a lot of thin people I know. But I am also not naive to the fact that 400 pound women don’t go on to live really long, healthy lives. There is a reality check or two that come along with the show and I definitely need to get some weight off of me. But I will probably always be classified as morbidly obese.”

She has “no interest in being thin.”
“Actually there was a time right after college where I went to Korea, I came home and I lost 100 pounds in eight months. But I was not at a good place in my head. I was still actually very unhappy. I weighted 250 pounds but I think I looked gorgeous. I could run five miles at the gym. I loved that weight on me and all of the physical things I could do. So I think that is my ideal weight.”

Weight reduction surgery is not an option.
“I would not consider surgery unless a doctor told me that I was in dire need of it to preserve my life. I would rather achieve health and fitness through dance. I don’t judge anyone who wants to go down that path, but it is not for me.”

She would love to do stand up comedy.
“I haven’t done it yet, but I have thought about it. I have plenty of funny dating stories which you can also see in the show, but my love life is a riot. And by that I mean if I don’t laugh, I will cry.”

She’s constantly turning down creepy date invitations.
“There are guys who only like you because you are fat. You think that would be awesome, but it’s really not. I would prefer not to be solely objectified in any way. It happens more than you know. They find you. I call it the ‘Fatosphere.’ It is a very small world. They know who you are. They find you on the internet. They know your email. I have even gotten phone calls.”

She was once engaged.
“We went to Korea together. We lasted a year there and then we broke up. That was a four year relationship. [Korea] was very stressful. It put a lot of stresses on our relationship and I don’t think we were equipped to get through it.”

She bounced right back!
“After the breakup, this Korean guy came up to me in a Burger King — of course! — and starts making conversation. I am thinking, ‘Does this guy want an English lesson or does he want a date? I am really confused.’  We started dating and he called me his ‘Burger Queen’ after that.  He would like to flatter me and give me compliments, but his English wasn’t expansive, so he would go into the thesaurus and say things like ‘I love you, my elliptical baby.’ And I am like, ‘Elliptical???’ And he’d be like, ‘I didn’t want to say fat, so I looked in the thesaurus.’”

She’s addicted to crime shows…and DANCING WITH THE STARS.
Discovery ID is my favorite channel. I am in to FORENSIC FILES and all that kind of crime stuff. When ever I turn on my TV my friends get mad at me cause it is always on Discover ID. Other things I like are… I am embarrassed, but I do like all the singing shows like X FACTOR and AMERICAN IDOL. And DANCING WITH THE STARS. Maybe I will be on one someday.

And yes, she plans on making more dancing videos.
I haven’t made one in a while because Todd, my eternal dance partner, he was away in New York. But now he is back. So we will be in the studio very soon.

MY BIG FAT FABULOUS LIFE premieres Tuesday January 13 on TLC.

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

Editor-In-Chief at TheTVPage.com
Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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