My Big Fat Fabulous Life’s Whitney Thore finds out devastating news about her adoption plan. The new season premiered early on the TLC Go app a week before it is set to be televised. In the season premiere Whitney sees an adoption agency to move forward with her adoption plan. However, she receives news that changes everything.
Whitney Thore planned on adopting a child from South Korea. Her friend, Tal Fish agrees that he would help and support Whitney in her decision. He has no problem helping her raise a child because he knows that this is something she really wants.
My Big Fat Fabulous Life: Whitney Thore Not “Fit” To Adopt Child?
Ever since she taught English in South Korea, Whitney Thore has always wanted to adopt a Korean child. She felt like she connected with the children she taught. However, when she inquires about adopting a Korean child she is told that she does not meet the requirements. The adoption agent tells her that being single makes it very hard to adopt a child. When it comes to adoption married couples are more desirable.
Being single is not the only requirement the My Big Fat Fabulous Life cast member doesn’t meet. In order to adopt a Korean child they look for any mental illness history. Whitney Thore states that she has suffered from depression in the past. They also have a BMI requirement. Whitney explains BMI as a number that tells someone their percentage of body fat. She believes that this number shouldn’t dictate if someone is capable or not of taking care of a child. Not meeting the requirements means that adopting a Korean child is no longer a possibility.
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Friends and Family Not On Board With Adoption
Whitney Thore may be ready for a child, but her family think otherwise. Whitney’s parents, Barbara and Glenn think that she is not ready for a child. They think she should find a husband first and start a family the more traditional way. Barbara says that her daughter will find it hard being a single mother.
Like her family, the My Big Fat Fabulous Life star’s friends are also not very supportive. Whitney’s friend Ashley Baynes, thinks that she is adopting a child to get over her ex-boyfriend. She also lets Whitney Thore know that it is hard for a single women to find a child to adopt. Todd Beasley, Whitney’s friend and dance partner thinks that she isn’t mature enough to adopt a child. He makes it clear that he does not support her decision to adopt.
Whitney Thore Explores Other Adoption Options
Since she does not meet the requirements for adopting a child in Korea, Whitney Thore decides to look at other options. The adoption agent suggests international surrogacy. This allows her to pick a donor from a bunch of profiles. However, this means that she will have to extract her own eggs. Whitney suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome and isn’t sure if her eggs are viable.
Adoption has always been the My Big Fat Fabulous Life alum’s backup plan. Knowing that it isn’t feasible she is scared to think that if surrogacy doesn’t work then she doesn’t know what else she can do. The thought that she may never have a child makes Whitney Thore emotional. In the episode she expresses that if she wasn’t fat then she would be able to have a more traditional life.
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