Woman With 96-Inch Belly Believes Her Shape Is The Key Of Her Happy Marriage For 13 Years
August 14, 2019 09:09 By Fabiosa
They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. But 52-year-old Gayla Neufeld has done the opposite - using her own incredible 96-inch belly to find love.
Gayla Neufeld's body
Ever since Gayla Neufeld was a child, she’s always been heavy.
The woman has done more than just accept herself. In fact, she is now happily married to a man who loves every inch of her and has encouraged her to use her asset to launch an unlikely career as a model.
Thirty-stone Gayla wasn’t always so body-confident and for years she struggled to deal with her family's unusual genetic legacy.
"Women in my family have always gained weight around the belly, especially after having children,”
- said Gayla, whose favorite foods are homemade cookies and ice-cream.
“My mum was fat and my favourite sister was fat, as were my grandparents, my grandmother and my great-grandmother.
"Growing up, kids at school would point and laugh at me and say 'boom, boom, boom' with every step I took.
“I was really ashamed to be fat."
Body issues and the way she changed her life
Despite her body issues she eventually married at 19 and embarked on a mission to battle the bulge. Unfortunately, Gayla couldn’t maintain her weight loss and kept herself between 300 and 400 lbs. Her confidence diminished even further when her husband said he’s embarrassed by her and divorced her in 1999.
That was exactly the time the woman found a community of obese women online who called themselves SBBWS (super-sized big beautiful women), and they were worshiped by men who called themselves fat admirers.
“I realized I was desirable, I was sexy, I was beautiful, and I became confident in who I was."
The woman has been happily married to truck driver Lance Neufield, 54 for 13 years! Moreover, Gayla believes it's her unique belly that brought them together.
"This woman is the love of my life. The first thing that attracted me to her was she had the most beautiful face I had ever seen. The belly was just the bonus on top of all her other beauty. It doesn't matter to me whether it is bigger or smaller because it's not really her belly I love - I love her."
Well, it seems that Gayla doesn't have any problems with her body image now. She's loved and supported. The woman reminded us that all human beings should have a positive body image and all bodies are equally valuable. Body positivity is deciding what feels good and healthy for you personally and letting other people do so for themselves. It's understanding that you deserve to live in your body without receiving the prejudice of others.
It means seeing your physical self as worthy: worthy of love, of existing, of being valued as much as the next body. It is radical self-love in the face of narrow beauty ideals. We are so happy that Gayla found this love to her own body!