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We’re the ‘before’ on the Biggest Loser, the mum, the funny fat friend, the relatable mate but never the desired.The fact that Australia doesn’t have a dating culture doesn’t help either. I think all women should wear heels, I just can’t take them seriously otherwise,' he said, with a smile.

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Things are changing with loads of online dating sites and apps like Tinder but we still aren’t quite there yet.

As much as I loved living large in LA it finally came to and end and I’m now back in Oz and single as hell.

I used to live in Dubai, where abortion is illegal and being gay is punishable by death, so it wasn't like I was shocked.

I just didn't expect that to be the case in a country that's often portrayed as sunny and fun. In fact, I've never seen the same deep-seated and openly acceptable sexist attitudes that exist in Australia anywhere else – including The Middle East.

Beverly Hills’ rolled up next to me in the The Beverly Centre parking lot, ‘The Mamas Boy’ flashed me his gold grill at a fashion show, and ‘The Plumber’ literally knocked on my door to fix the toilet. “Surely these guys only date you because they think you’re desperate and will sleep with anyone.” I hear some of you say. In Australia I’m always the butt of the joke – but in LA I was just a chick with a fabulous big butt (it took me decades to be able to acknowledge that).

Being a ‘big girl’ in the USA isn’t a deal breaker by any means – it’s a descriptor, not an insult.

I had more dates in a month in the US than I would in a decade in Australia. As a fat girl I never had dates while living in Australia – but as soon as I moved to Los Angeles everything changed. Guys literally chased me out of bars just to speak to me (one of those encounters even turned into a three year relationship.) I was single, ready to flamingle and life in Hollywood was amazing and everything you’d imagine. Which is why I packed up, sold everything, gave up my radio hosting job and moved to Los Angeles with nothing but a suitcase.

My plus size blog Big Curvy Love was kicking along, I was working in podcasting, rocking fabulous fashion and for once in my life finally felt like a legit part of the deep end of the dating pool. I was exactly the same person; same personality, same looks, and same weight.

As soon as the wheels hit the tarmac an invisibility cloak descended over me and I was once again back to being undateable.

I knew this would happen before I booked my ticket but it’s just something I accepted as part of coming home.

Having grown up watching the laid-back, open-minded characters in I expected this ' New World’ to be more forward-thinking and relaxed than stuffy old Britain.

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