A 300-pound Summit, New Jersey woman takes an inspiring and grueling journey up Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro may be the tallest mountain in the world that you can reach by just hiking, but it is no picnic. Much like the path to good health – it takes faith, tenacity and grit.
Big Fat Mountain's Executive Producer Kara Richardson Whitely is a plus-size adventurer who hikes mountains on her way to better health and a better world.
Kara has been featured in Self, Redbook and American Hiker magazines as well as several television, radio and online outlets.
She is a professional public speaker, sharing her story at events across the country.
Kara, who is now a content developer for Monaco Lange -- a top NYC branding agency, has been a journalist for the past decade.
She has written for daily newspapers, as well as Self, Every Day with Rachael Ray and Runner's World magazines.
Kara Richardson Whitely's book,
Fat Woman on the Mountain, which is about her first Kilimanjaro hike, has inspired countless people to start moving in the direction of their dreams.
She is in the midst of writing her second book, The Save the World Workout, about her quest to take on an event for charity each month of 2009.
Kara's mission is to encourage others to be active with their bodies and in their community -- because she is one of the two-thirds of Americans who struggling with obesity or being overweight.