I’m Iris. I’m 38, and I have struggled with weight my whole life.

I’m reasonably fit, I’m reasonably active. I’m 100 % healthy. There’s no real medical reason for me to be thinner. But I’m an actor, and that’s all there is to it.

I’m a normal North American female. That wants to lose 45 pounds.

I know, it’s not much. There are some of you out there who want or need to lose much more for whatever reason: heart risk, diabetes, etc. But I believe that no matter how much you want to lose, no matter how grave the consequences, if you’re overweight the mental and emotional struggle is the same.

If I can help you by sharing what I go through every day being me, then maybe we won’t all feel so alone in this.

Here’s to the battle, kids.