She was called “too fat for New Zealand” and her predicament ended up making headlines around the world.
It was a bizarre experience, Mondelea Bezuidenhout says. “It’s very strange to have complete strangers discussing your body. It went as far as China and to know everyone was talking about it was weird.”
It’s been a year since the South African-born 36-year-old found herself in the news after her adopted country told her she couldn’t live there unless she lost 30kg. Being overweight made her a health risk and would put too much of a strain on the state system, she was told.