Oti Mabuse has undergone a slight but noticeable weight gain since she left Strictly Dancing. Many fans began to wonder if she had gained because she was pregnant. However, Oti Mabuse had just gotten a little curvier than before and she explained that she had weight gain because she's no longer as active as before and she doesn't dance as much.
Oti Mabuse is undoubtedly one of the most talented dancers of this generation. We saw that for ourselves when she was on the British television series Strictly Come Dancing which she won in 2019 and 2020 as well. Even after she left the show after the historic consecutive win, she went on to be a part of dancing shows. It's like she can't stay far away from the dancing (whether she's the one doing it or not) no matter what and so, she went on to be a panelist on The Masked Dancer and a judge on Dancing on Ice in 2022.
As much as accomplished she is, ever since she left Strictly Dancing, people have been obsessing about her weight and figure. It was noticeable that she had a weight gain and looked curvier than before but it had never dominated conversation like it did now. Her size was often discussed but not as intensely as now. Here's everything to know about Oti Mabuse's weight gain!
Oti Mabuse and Her Weight Gain: What Happened After She Left Strictly Dancing?
Oti Mabuse has had a weight gain since she left Strictly Dancing.
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Oti Mabuse (@otimabuse) has always been a curvy girl. In fact, she was one of the very few when she was on Strictly Dancing. Most of the others were conventionally slim in the only trendy way that was acceptable to society. Because she stood out by looking different, her weight and her size often were much discussed whenever she was brought up. Like she said, people had a weird obsession with her weight. Now that she appears to have a weight gain, fans simply can't stop talking about it. Some of them even make the leap to "is she pregnant?"
Oti Mabuse, you might have noticed, has changed a lot in the last few years. She does not look the same as before. She's still curvy but she's gained a little. She might not have put on a lot but whatever she has put on, it's noticeable. You can see it's gone more to her hips and belly. She has an hourglass figure now and she looks as great as ever. The weight gain is nothing crazy but going by the way people have been searching and obsessing about it, it would seem that she has gained 100 pounds. She has not and she is not pregnant.
Speaking about her figure, Oti Mabuse said that her figure has changed since she stepped away from the Strictly Dancing floor because she's no longer as active as she was before. Moreover, she got a gig to judge Dancing on Ice where physically, all she had to sit was behind a desk which didn't contribute much to her fitness. Because she went from "being fit all the time" when she was on the hit BBC One competition to just sitting behind a desk, she had a weight gain. As she said,
I haven’t been dancing, right? My body has completely taken on a new shape. And you’re just like: ‘Oh my gosh, what is this? Is this turning 30?!’ My body has completely changed from what I looked like, two, three years ago.
Oti Mabuse said that her body changed because she is not as physically active as before when she was dancing.
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In an interview with Women's Health UK, Oti Mabuse explained her weight gain saying that her body no longer burns fat quickly. She also revealed that she was learning to make time for "physical aspects" (because of the change in her weight as a result of not being as active as she was before).
My body just doesn’t burn as fast as it used to. I was going from dancing – literally running, jumping, being fit all the time – to sitting behind a desk or [sitting down when I’m] doing interviews. So I’ve learned that I need to make time for the physical aspects.
Because people got so annoying and fixated on Oti Mabuse's weight gain, realizing that too many eyes were on her and she was being scrutinized a lot, the Strictly Dancing star became more conscious about her body. It impacted her confidence which, she said, was knocked down because of the lack of "curvy younger women" on television. She felt the pressure to be slim because she didn't see a lot of curvy women like her on screen.
That was not how Oti Mabuse felt when she was on Strictly Dancing. Before she left the show, she was very much comfortable as one of the curvy girls because she thought she was relatable to a lot of women. But her body changed and so did the way she felt about it. Besides, she had reached her 30s and it might have a little something to do with her weight gain.
Oti Mabuse does not mind her weight gain and has accepted that she is never going to be a size zero.
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Oti Mabuse has realized that now and she has learned to love herself the way she is, weight gain or not. She said that she is "never going to be a size zero" (and that's fine with her). She also noted that she is healthy and happy finding a balance in her lifestyle where she can eat pasta for breakfast and then go to the gym. She has let go of obsessing over her weight and size like how other people should.
Speaking about the weird fixation on her own body, Oti Mabuse said,
I don’t even think about these things until someone points it out. I was like, ‘Why are people looking at my boobs?’ But this is my body, this is what I look like. I’m healthy. I’m happy. I have good friendships. I’m smart, I’m ambitious, I want to go places. I’m a good person. That should be enough.