The comedian and Instagram star, 29, weighs 220 lbs. and lives in a country with an obesity rate of only 3.7 percent, according to the World Health Organization. (For comparison, 34.9 percent of the U.S. population qualifies as obese.)
But by accumulating nearly 6 million Instagram followers who follow Watanabe’s bright, animated and over-the-top posts, the social media star is hoping to help women who are not as small as the average Japanese women gain self-acceptance.
“You don’t see many plus-sized women around here,” Watanabe told The Washington Post.