One of the biggest barriers has been myself.
I’ve been in situations where strangers have made direct comments about my body and my appearance, and as someone who’s always struggled with body image from an early teen, they have seriously affected my self-esteem and confidence over the years, particularly when wanting to attend classes and learn new activities, or when going into a gym environment.
This, coupled with being a young single parent trying to balance working and university, meant some activities were never financially affordable or accessible, along with timings of classes and the pressure of relying on childcare.
Although I’m on the smaller end of plus size, I’ve had the odd one or two occasions where kit/equipment hasn’t been available in my size which meant I either didn’t take part or the activity had to be completely adjusted.
I do feel as though in more recent years, manufacturers are beginning to recognise that bigger bodies are also active bodies, and with the support of various groups advocating for inclusivity, kit, equipment and accessibility for bigger bodies are slowly being considered and produced, but we still have a long way to go.