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From the Depths of Self-Doubt to the Top of the World

Location: UCB 100

Moving Mountains: A Journey from the Depths of Self-Doubt to the Top of the World

Kara Richardson Whitely will share her raw and inspiring story of her ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world -- and how to push beyond your own limits.

Kara knew she could reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She had done it once before. That’s why, when she failed in a second attempt, it brought her so low. Struggling with food addiction/binge eating disorder and looking for ways to cope with feelings of abandonment, failure and shame, Kara ballooned to over 300 pounds. Deep in her personal gorge, Kara realized the only way out was up. She resolved to climb the mountain again—and this time, she would hike without waiting for her plus-sized status to disappear. Even if the porters and guides were betting against her.

During her visit to the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo on Monday, November 5, Kara will share her story with epic photos of her journey. Kara's difficult trek speaks to everyone who has struggled with negative self-image. Kara will talk about going beyond limitations, body acceptance and fat shaming in the wild and at home, and finding a healthy path ahead.

Honest and unforgettable, Kara’s journey is one of intense passion, endurance and self-acceptance that we can learn from the plus-size adventurer from without having to trek up Africa's highest peak.

A little more about Kara:

Gorge, was published by Seal Press in Spring 2015. It has been called one of "Five Fabulous, Possibly Life-Changing Books" by Redbook magazine. Backpacker magazine said Kara's story as a plus-size adventurer is "as inspiring as it is refreshing." The New York Times Sunday Book Review said, in Gorge, Kara "writes accessibly and frankly about her struggles with both Kilimanjaro and her self-image. This detailed account of her travails will give confidence not only to hesitant would-be mountaineers but to those, like her, whose biggest hurdle is 'to learn to be O.K. with who I was.'"

Kara is scheduled to appear on the Megyn Kelly Today and PBS On the Contrary shows in the coming weeks for her new book Weight of Being. Also, HelloGiggles.com just called Weight of Being, "One of 11 New Memoirs You Must Read this Summer."

She was a blogger for Weight Watchers, the National Eating Disorder Association and is an Eating Recovery Center Binge Eating Disorder Advocate. She has served as an American Hiking Society ambassador, showing that hiking is open to any body.

Contact info for disability accommodations (at least 7 days prior): Destiny Rodriguez
e-mail:destinyr@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 932-7958

Admission: Free to public.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution, the University of Hawai'i is a campus of the University of Hawai'i System.

For more information, contact: uhhcsout@hawaii.edu (808) 498-6184

Tags: Moving Mountains Kara Whitely SHWP Women's Center

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