‘I was relentlessly bullied over my big legs so had surgery – but regret it’

An influencer who spent up to three hours at the gym recently opened up about her condition. Growing up, Victoria Matos was bullied by cruel trolls who mocked the size of her legs.

She has a condition called lipedema, a progressive chronic disease characterised by the abnormal deposition of fat in the upper or lower limbs.

Victoria did everything she could to try lose the weight but reached extreme tiredness as she trained more than her limits. She also took everything out of her diet.

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She said: "I suffered a lot of bullying at school because of my legs, demands from my family and I dedicated myself to exercising to lose weight."

Victoria went on to follow restrictive diets which resulted in binge eating. Living in Brazil, the influencer avoided going to beaches and wearing short clothes.

She added: "My friends were ashamed of me, I felt really bad." Victoria claimed she didn't feel ready to undergo lipedema surgery as she would have needed three liposuctions.

The influencer faced a similar procedure before and regretted it. She continued: "I had lipo on my stomach and I don't even know why.

"I think it was an aesthetic pressure, I never had a belly and I didn't even need to have an aesthetic procedure."

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The influencer claimed at the time, she was also grieving after the loss of her mum. Now while she's still doing weight training at the gym, Victoria is more accepting of her condition.

Now she's following a new diet, but she still feels the pain in her legs after the procedure. Despite all, the model doesn't have the same insecurities as before.

The condition impacts many women, as one Brit spoke out after she was called fat and told to stop eating cake.

Emma Martin, from Worcestershire, always felt that her legs looked a little different from her peers – no matter how much she exercised or what she ate.

Even in primary school, she compared her legs to her classmates and would receive playground taunts about the appearance of her lower limbs.

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