How the death of a plus-size friend forced me to work on my weight — Actress Ifeoma Okeke

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Plus size Nollywood actress, Ifeoma Okeke-Ozzoude, has said the death of a plus-size friend forced her into embarking on a weight loss journey.

Speaking in a recent interview with Vanguard, the thaspian said: “When I heard the news of her death, I immediately rushed to her house, where her neighbours narrated the horrible story of how they were struggling to bring her out of the house, while she was gasping for breath.
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At that point, something just struck my head that if I am sick now, how would people bring me out of the house.
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You know there’s this realization point. I have never felt my weight before. It has never bothered me in my life. I can stand from now till tomorrow I won’t feel it. I can do anything, I am that flexible with myself.
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They said it was a struggle to drag her from upstairs to downstairs. They couldn’t force her inside the car. They had to dump her at the back of a Hilux jeep. I just felt that if she were to be a slim person, she could have had a chance of surviving.
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I have been sick and I know how it feels when you have to gasp for breath. But nothing brought me to that point of self-realization. And it’s only you that can tell yourself the truth.
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Even after her death, I tried to shake it off, but indirectly people insult obese ones. I just woke up one day and said to myself, it’s time I do something about my size.”

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