For Alyssa Cortes, being the “DUFF,” had to end.
At the age of 13, Cortes felt the pressures of society and was embarrassed by her 40 inch hips. She recalls feeling like the designated ugly fat friend, or better known as the “DUFF.” She decided she needed to make a change and began her weight loss journey. Of course, her physical change was drastic but what she learned from the experience was greater. Cortes learned how weight impacts society’s perception of people. She is now most empowered by accepting and loving herself for who she is, 40 inch hips and all.