Abigail, 29, London, UK
Abigail calls west London home and works as an actress. As a teenager, she competed as a heptathlete, with her main event being the shot-put.
Abigail is a relaxed and warm person with an infectious laugh and a smile to light up a room. She stands tall and people are drawn to her. As a teenager she was a competing athlete representing the UK in heptathlon. She was always tall, even as a child, but didn’t start gaining weight until she went to university, when she began training less and using food as a comfort. Abigail works in the entertainment industry and holds herself very well. On the outside, her weight doesn’t appear to affect her too much, but dig a little deeper and the effects are there.
“I feel like I’ve got to a point where I recognise that being this size has affected my career. I got cast in the show to be a nurse actually. I was very happy about it, as you would be. I got called a few days before the shoot and was told that I was getting dropped. I asked why and they said it was because we realised that the nurses’ uniforms won’t fit you. I was absolutely devastated and shocked.”
“There are normal people out there. And I feel that TV doesn't represent that sometimes. And that's very frustrating. I like that to change. I don't want to feel like I'm forced to lose half my weight in order to get a TV role, or a film role or stage role.”
“I find sometimes people almost want me to be even more conscious about my size. And I'm like, Hello, I'm living this body. I'm conscious enough, but they want me to be more worried. Aren't you worried about diabetes? I'm like, No, No, I'm not. I'm not gonna walk around with a bag of worries because I'm a bit larger than the average person. Yes, I'm big. I hope to lose weight. But whilst I'm in it, I'm not going to be depressed.”
“One thing I would like to tell people about being big or living with size is, we're allowed to be sad about our weight. And just get upset. The reason I say that is because sometimes when I've complained to my friends or I had a really bad day. They say, “Oh, lose weight then”. And it's not that easy.”