Whitney Thore was once a slender dancer, but over the course of just one year at college she gained 200 pounds due to a rare condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.My Big Fat Fabulous Life focuses on Whitney’s life, her one-of-a-kind family and her friends. Deep down, she is just an average girl from small town North Carolina trying to find her way in a world that judges people by their size.Now 380 pounds, Whitney has a fresh outlook on life.
Whitney's big festival performance leads to a cat fight with a rival dancer; Whitney's world gets rocked when Lennie shows up with a new woman; forced to get real with Roy, Whitney lays everything on the table hoping he returns her affections.
Whitney attends rival Jiya's dance class and her skills get tested; Jiya and her Trophy Wives step onto Whitney's turf, where Whitney serves up a surprise; Roy puts Whitney on the spot while on the air.
Whitney runs into a friend from high school and accepts an invite to go horseback riding, but by the time she realizes she's on a romantic date, there's no turning back; Babs plans a bombshell of a surprise for Glenn on their wedding anniversary.
With the dance battle looming, Whitney brings in cutthroat choreographer Jenzi to help with the routine, but the decision proves disastrous when she gives Whitney a dark ultimatum.
Whitney's Big Girls gear up for the most intense performance of their lives; the Trophy Wives come packing a secret weapon that has Whitney calling foul; when an injury plagues her star dancer, Whitney loses her mind.
Whitney dives back into online dating, but a new type of suitor raises concern; Whitney and Buddy gear up for a fitness competition, but when they arrive, Will drops a bomb; Whitney sees the scorecards from the dance battle.
Whitney tags along on Todd's New York trip to attend a dance workshop with The Fitness Marshall, but when she accepts an offer to be in a music video, he goes into an angry tirade and abandons her in Central Park.
Whitney hangs out with transgender friend Mattie, only to find she's been withholding something; Whitney gives trainer Will excuses for her gym absences; Whitney stalks Lennie after he cuts off communication.
Between her parents' birthday party and Will's criticism of her diet, Whitney is feeling stressed; a comedian targets fat people while Whitney is working at the radio station.
Whitney gets a chance to make a dance DVD, but her reputation is at stake when her backup dancers fail; Will is fed up with Whitney's lack of commitment; Glenn threatens to get rid of Allister.
Whitney and the cast dish on the past season, from Whitney's feelings about the funeral intervention to her fight with Caitie; Lennie and Whitney meet for the first time since breaking up.
Lennie and Whitney talk for the first time since breaking up; Whitney finally confesses her true feelings about Roy; sparks fly when Whitney confronts her nemesis, comedian Kerryn Feehan.
Whitney learns a shocking family secret; Whitney gets life-changing information from a fertility doctor; Whitney has to hide Buddy's visit from Heather; Todd agrees to take BGDC on tour; and when Buddy disappears, Whitney and Tal fear the worst.
Whitney plans the BGDC tour. Buddy shares disturbing feelings with potentially deadly consequences. Babs is taken on a surprise trip. Whitney is forced to confront Buddy after finding drugs. Heather is devastated when Whitney's secret is revealed.
Whitney invites Buddy on the road; the BGDC Pittsburgh class is overbooked in a cramped venue, jeopardizing the tour; Buddy's back pain flares, threatening his sobriety; after a rough night, Buddy is missing and Whitney is forced to leave him behind.
Buddy goes missing in Columbus and Whitney threatens to cancel class; with the biggest city on the BGDC tour still looming, Whitney suspects sabotage when Todd messes up the choreography; Whitney is conflicted over meeting Buddy's new girlfriend.
Buddy brings his new girlfriend to Greensboro but struggles to find them a place to live. Whitney is shocked when Todd quits BGDC. Babs and Glenn set Whitney up on a blind date. Whitney is fat shamed when the RV is vandalized in front of her home.
After an impossible rock wall climb, Whitney is forced to rethink her Alaskan adventure; tensions finally boil over when Todd gives Whitney a mouthful for spreading lies about him quitting BGDC; and Buddy worries that his new girlfriend will leave.
Whitney prepares for Alaska with a treacherous mountain hike; after receiving an offer to teach dance in New York, Whitney tries to bury the hatchet with Todd; and Buddy and Chelsea's odd behavior leads Whitney to believe there's trouble in paradise.
Whitney and her friends arrive in Alaska for the much anticipated Whit-a-thon; Tal injures himself performing for an exotic dancer that Whitney hires to help Heather get over Buddy; Buddy calls with shocking news that he and Chelsea broke up.
Whitney teaches three back-to-back dance classes at the biggest event of her career in NYC. Much to Whitney's dismay, Buddy decides to move back to DC to pursue stand-up comedy. Whitney and Buddy's chemistry flares when they share a passionate kiss.