Last year I got up on a stage, in front of a room full of people and told them I was FAT. I mean they could see it for themselves, right? But when I dropped the word FAT as a way to identify myself the room reacted with stunned, horrified silence.
FAT is such a loaded word. And you know I'm a word-nerd.
So when I came across Bex Bedford I just had to have her on the show to discuss this word and what her connection to it is.
Bec shares with us the story of how the reaction to her weight, from a group of collage guys, lead her to withdraw and live an isolated life for EIGHT YEARS.
Things look very different for Bex now and you will want to check this one out!
"I spent my whole 20's terrified that anyone was going to see me being fat!"
- Bex posts pretty regular photos of herself, but because she is a larger woman, these photos and her confidence offends people and she recieves a lot of harsh feedback.
- "What other people think is not your business" what the phrase that changed Bex life. She realised she had more control over the situation than she had being telling herself
- Buying herself a dress and allowing herself to be a woman and all that that means, even while she is fat, meant she could be proud and love herself!
"I know my journey and I know who I am, I can look in the mirror and be proud of the person looking back at me. I am worth and I am able and I am allowed as a woman and as a human to live my truth, my way! I am not going to let one person, for one more day, take that power away from me."