Body shaming has sadly become common in Kenya especially on social media. Of late, many celebrities among them Willis Raburu, Pierra Makena, DK Kwenye Beat, Sheila Mwanyigha have been bullied online for their body size and it seems this fad is not going to end anytime soon.
Body shaming is bad and can leave one depressed, as it negatively affects their self-esteem sometimes making some people commit suicide just because they cannot take the trolling anymore.
Citizen TV’s Willis Raburu recently embarked on a weight loss journey and he revealed that he did this after his doctor told him that his weight was posing a danger to his life and not social media trolls. He was at high risk of suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease, kidney disease and certain types of cancer.
“He told me if I was not going to lose some kilograms of the body weight, sooner or later, it would be a recipe for my death,” Willis Raburu told eDaily.
“Besides his advice, no one pressurized me into shedding off some body weight. I was not doing it because of critics’ constant taunting. I saw it wise to do it, and I felt it was the right time to do it.”
The multi-talented and ever jovial presenter and his wife Mary Prude have decided to document his weight loss journey on their YouTube channel, to encourage those struggling with weight loss to never give up.
“I hated working out but for my own safety, I had no other option but make gym my home.”
Raburu says he was not moved by critics.
“For a long time, a lot of people have talked, shouting about weight and I wanted so bad to ignore it but it just kept coming. If you’re told ‘you’re fat, umejaa sana or you are the elephant in the room, etc. You can brush it off but stILL itabaki,” said the humble news anchor.
Raburu reminisces how he once tweeted that his celebrated show (10over10) would be on fire and someone responded body shaming him.
His wife Mary Raburu, was okay with his size and did not want him to work out.
“At initial stages, my wife, Mary Raburu, was opposed to my weight loss because she preferred me plump.”
In his video that has gone viral, Raburu confessed his wife is his greatest supporter and at times they work out together.
“I prayed to God give me a nice dark tall guy and one who is a bit plump because I love such,” said Mary Raburu.
Raburu has so far lost 12 kgs in three and a half months and he now weighs 132 kgs down from 144 kgs, and he is hopeful that by the end of this year, he would have met his target.
“My target body weight is 110kgs, though according to my body mass index I should weigh 90kgs.”
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