This plus-size pole dancer is using her new hobby as a path to body acceptance, and she's not afraid to show it. Eda Marbury, an accountant coordinator from Missouri, suffered from eating disorders for many years. Before meeting her husband, she was anorexic, and after she got married, she used food to deal with her depression and loneliness. She decided to start pole-dancing to help turn her life around, entering her first class as a shy newcomer:
When I walked into the pole dancing studio for the first time I weighed 330lbs and the entire room was covered in mirrors. It was quite a shock.
She quickly took to the activity and has already lost 65 pounds. It's also working wonders for her self-image:
Before I started pole I wouldn’t wear make-up, I didn’t like to take the time to look after myself. [...] But now I feel more confident and I have friends. The way I dress has changed, and I’ve started to care a little bit more about what I’m wearing and how I do my hair.
Her husband fully supports her; he finds it "sexy" and doesn't care what other people think.
Pilates has never seemed lamer.