Former radio presenter and content creator Chebet Ronoh in a recent YouTube video has revealed how she battled depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Losing weight, was the only gift she could gift herself.
Growing up, the 22 year old was not aware of her excess weight until later. The awareness resulted in her feeling insecure, consequently doing everything she could to get rid of the weight, including starving herself.
When I became aware, I became insecure. I have done everything to lose weight including starving myself. I even got acidity from taking lemon every morning.”
What jump started my current weight loss journey is that everything around me was going wrong. I said I would dedicate three months to put my body in motion,” Ronoh said.CHEBET RONOH
At some point, she turned to heavy drinking, which only added to her woes. She notes that this only resulted in her health deteriorating. Her quick rise to fame she adds, did her more harm than good.
I started my journey as one of the first video content creators in Kenya. So as social media started growing, so did I. In 2018/2019 I started getting recognized.
I went to Brookhouse to do sciences because I wanted to become a doctor but that was not my calling so I left school to join radio and things were looking good at that time.”
But things were moving too fast and I wasn’t prepared for this. I was on the radio but I felt I was very unhappy. I felt like I didn’t want to do it at that time of my life. It was overwhelming for me and I started getting anxious a lot.
Like I didn’t know I was known. Walking on the road in shorts and a big tee and people would stop me on the road.CHEBET
She was doing well, however she panicked when people approached her. Social situations gave her anxiety, at some point drinking became her way of calming herself.
People would say hi and I literally panic because I did not know how to respond and what side of me to show.”
If you know me you know the Ronoh I was presenting was not me. It was a personality I was associating myself with. Which gave me bad anxiety and so drinking was my go-to so that I could get comfortable around people.”CHEBET RONOH
Focusing on herself has changed her life immensely.