Whitney Way Thore Responds to Weight Loss Comments in Candid Post

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  • Whitney Way Thore of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life responded to Instagram commenters who asked if she underwent weight loss surgery.

  • She asked people to stop commenting on her body.

  • “I hate addressing this, but no, I have not had medical intervention to lose weight,” she wrote.

For years, intimate scenes from Whitney Way Thore’s life have been chronicled on her TLC reality show, My Big Fat Fabulous Life. That publicity seems to make some people feel comfortable commenting on her body and her weight. On a recent Instagram post, the 39-year-old was inundated with commenters asking if she had weight loss surgery, and she is kindly asking them to stop.

The post was a casual outfit video that shared the theme of her dad’s birthday celebration: Mardi Gras. “Can anyone guess what we’re doing to celebrate Dad’s birthday? 🎺🎭⚜️,” her original caption read. She later edited the post to address the influx of weight loss comments.

“I hate addressing this, but no, I have not had medical intervention to lose weight,” she wrote. “In 2015 (season 1), I weighed 385 pounds. In 2018, I lost 50 pounds. When my mom got sick and eventually died, I lost 50 more. I weigh 285 pounds and I have been this weight for almost a year now. This is the second time in my life I’ve lost 100 pounds. I’m still very fat.”

She continued: “Thank you for the compliments, but I really don’t like obsessing over my body and I don’t like it when others do it either. 💜”

Thore’s mom, Barbara “Babs” Thore, died in December 2022 of cerebral amyloid angiopathy, a complex cerebrovascular disorder, per People. As shown on her show, Thore cared for Babs until her final days, and was hit hard with grief—a significant contributor to her weight loss, she previously told Entertainment Tonight.

“I think it’s obvious that I have lost some weight and that is true. And people say, like, ‘Is it surgery?’ and I’m like, ‘No, it’s grief, but thanks,’” she told the outlet in September 2023. “On the show, I’ll talk about my weight more, but in my personal life, I don’t really find it necessary to talk about how much I weigh. It’s just not something that I care to focus on and talk about.”

When the show premiered in 2015, it set out to document Thore’s experience with weight gain after she was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, an endocrine disorder that impacts hormonal production, reception, and transportation. The series specifically aimed to capture Thore’s thriving life as a dancer, despite her weight gain. Although she says she has not opted to undergo surgery or use weight loss injections like Ozempic—which some have also accused her of doing—she isn’t one to judge those that do.

“I’ve been fat now for 20 years and fat in the public eye. I know how hard it is and I do not ever judge a fat person for doing anything that makes their lives easier. I am not that fat person that’s gonna say, ‘Oh my gosh, why are they on Ozempic? Why are they losing weight? They’re betraying me.’ It’s their body. It has nothing to do with me and it’s hard out here for a blimp,” she told ET. “It is really difficult to live in bodies like this and there is no judgment from me.”

It’s clear Thore doesn’t like to obsess over her body, and she doesn’t think anyone else should either.

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