Skip Nav

Plus-Size Woman Loses Weight by Pole Dancing

How This Woman Lost Over 60 Pounds and Gained Confidence by Pole Dancing

In the wake of a crippling eating disorder in her teens and early 20s, 25-year-old Eda Marbury got married and found happiness — but when binge-eating junk food led her to reach a peak weight of 330 pounds, the Saint Louis, MO, woman decided to make a change. Instead of facing a gym filled with unfamiliar equipment, Marbury signed up for classes at a female-only pole dancing studio in her hometown. Now, two years after beginning pole fitness, she has lost more than 65 pounds.

"I was in denial about how much weight I had put on and how I looked," she said of her first experience with pole fitness. "When I walked into the pole dancing studio for the first time, I weighed 330 pounds and the entire room was covered in mirrors. It was quite a shock." But her love for the hobby and the way weight seemed to fall off after dancing encouraged Marbury to continue with pole classes — a move that has changed her life for the better. "It's changed me in my everyday life, in my marriage . . . I'm happier," she reported joyfully.

While there has been plenty of controversy surrounding the videos Eda shares online of her routines, she said that the encouragement she's received from viewers makes it all worthwhile. Listen to her story in the video above and find out why having fun while working out is the ideal way to lose weight.

Latest Health & Fitness