Buddy Valastro, known as the star of TLC’s “Big Fat Fabulous Life,” has become an icon for obesity acceptance, plus size fashion, and body positivity. But where did he come from?

Roots in Hoboken, New Jersey

Buddy Valastro was born in the inner-city neighborhood of Hoboken, New Jersey. He is the son of Sicilian immigrants and grew up learning the skills of the pastry craft from his beloved father Bartolo, eventually becoming a fourth-generation baker.

Finding Fame on TLC

In 2005, at the tender age of 27, Buddy Valastro became the star of the TLC reality show “Cake Boss.” The show followed his growing business as he ran his bakery and employed his family members. The show ran for nine seasons, and the success of the show allowed Buddy to open up Carlo’s Bakery locations across the U.S.

The Big Fat Fabulous Life

In 2016, TLC premiered the new reality show “Big Fat Fabulous Life” with Buddy at the helm. The show featured him dealing with everyday struggles and triumphs as a man over 300 lbs., while also embarking on new adventures and leading a body-positive lifestyle.

Buddy Today

Today, Buddy Valastro is still a leading force in plus size fashion and body positivity. He runs Carlo’s Bakery wholesale business, serves as the spokesperson for the National Alliance of Mental Illness, and speaks frequently to corporations and other organizations about body image issues. He and his wife Lisa live in central New Jersey with their four children.

Buddy is doing important work to fight obesity stigma and make this world a better place for plus size individuals. His inspiring story has shown that no matter where you come from or how big you are, you can make a difference in this world.

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