Mother of three, Kayla Martin claims that they fat shamed over the aircraft intercom by flight attendant.
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A New Zealand woman who claims she was publicly fat-shamed on a plane by the flight attendant used the hurtful comments to make a big change in her life.
Kayla Martin, a 25-year-old mother of three children, shared her story on Instagram earlier this month. She explains that she was at the Auckland Airport in New Zealand on her way to Australia for a holiday. When she boarded the plane, already feeling self-conscious and wearing a wide cloak to cover her body, Martin describes the humiliating moment when she was called over the speaker because the seat belt does not fit.
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“The airline hostess found it appropriate to announce in the middle of a quiet aircraft that is due to my size, I would need to use the seat belt extension that mothers travel w babies need, and perhaps the next time I would consider booking 2 seats to offer for my size to ensure a more [comfortable] flight for me and the other passengers,” she wrote on Instagram.
Martin explains how the moment of pure embarrassment and shame” stuck with her. “I loved myself so little back then that I let the airline hostess treat me that way,” she wrote. “I [believed] I was do not deserve the same respect that the rest of the passengers, because in my head, I was worth less than each thin person on that plane.”
However, they decided to put the awkward moment in the plane as her motivation to get fit and transform her health. Martin has lost 71 pounds, but more importantly, she learned to love and take care of themselves.
“The day I started LOVING myself enough to start taking care of ME and feeding my body was the day that I have a new page. Both my mental and physical health have changed so much since then and I am so PROUD,” she wrote.
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In addition to her post, Martin shared side-by-side transformation photos of her dramatic weight loss. “The girl on the right is a much healthier, a lot happier and has so much confidence now (maybe a lil too much ?). More importantly, she LOVES HERSELF!” she wrote. “Regardless of the size or the shape, color, or culture, you are worth just as much as any other. Love yourself enough to take a stand for yourself and to do things for you The rest will start to fall into place. I am a walking testament.”
Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.