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Weighed Down Louise McSharry says fatphobia caused her 'so much shame'

"I lived for years in silence, just hoping that no one would ever notice that I was fat."

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Louise McSharry

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Louise McSharry

RTÉ 2FM presenter Louise McSharry has opened up about experiencing fatphobia after “feeling so much shame” for years.

The Dubliner told Woman’s Way magazine about one instance of fat shaming that still stings - when people commented on her weight after seeing her ‘F**k Cancer’ documentary, which she made two years after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013.

The 38-year-old explained: “Someone said to me, ‘Oh you looked great at the start of the documentary - you were so thin.’

“I was thin because I literally had stage three cancer and was on the path to death.

“People can't help it though, because we’re socialised into thinking that being thin is the be-all and end-all, and losing weight is always a good thing, no matter what the context.”

The radio star said that while there’s still “room for improvement” in terms of tackling fatphobia, the inclusivity of plus-sized models and clothing in recent years makes it easier for young girls to accept themselves.

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“I lived for years in silence, just hoping that no one would ever notice that I was fat and feeling so much shame about it,” the mum-of-two shared.

“It would have been absolutely game-changing for me to see someone speaking out about it.

“There’s still loads of room for improvement, but if I was teenage me now, I think I’d have a much better time.

“There’s access to the kind of clothes you’d want to wear, and so many people you can find on the internet who have similar builds to you and look incredible or are really confident.

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“I spent so many years thinking that constantly trying to be a thin person was the only way you could be as a bigger person, so to see people accepting themselves and being happy in themselves would have been amazing for me.”

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