Natasja Wiljing

Languages Spoken: Dutch, English, French

Country: Netherlands

Portrait of a smiling caucasian woman in a blue blazer and floral top against a white background.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Passionate, Driven and Empathic

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m almost 50, married for 18 years now and we have two adoptive sons. We also like cats and have two at the moment. I like to cook and be creative. Home decorating is also one of my hobbies.

Where do you live:

The Netherlands

What are some of your interests:     

I like to cook. Therefore (so i dont have to eat everything i cook myself) i work as a volunteer in a hospice as cook and caregiver. To keep in shape i do a lot of walking in nature. Still hate the gym, hahahahaa.

What is your personal experience with obesity: 

I’m a lived experienced patient who underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2017. I lost 50 kilograms and gained about 15 again after surgery. I now live in a healthier body so I’m content with this weight. It gave me so much more quality of life. But I also got to realise and got to experience how different people treat other people in a larger body. Especially realised that after i lost so much weight.