I'm a fan because I see so much of myself in her, and it's been really cool (to me) to have a woman of her size find love on a mainstream tv show. That's not something you see every day, and some people get reallllly upset when it's shown (see the response to Gabourey Sidibe's romantic plot - with a regular size guy - on Empire if you're curious). I'm well aware that there's more to me than my size, and *much* more to life than finding a man lol, but it's hard not to internalize society/the media's portrayal that we're not worthy of love. So while her character isn't perfect, neither am I, but I'm glad she's on my tv every week.
Wearing a swimsuit is difficult if you haven't made peace with your body. I worked hard through therapy to learn to love my body for all the things it can do and loving the way it looks came after that. Before that, I *dreaded* wearing a swimsuit and avoided it at all costs or wore a t shirt over a swimdress that covered as much of me as possible. After, I just accepted that this is how my body is right now and I can either wear a swimsuit and do something fun or miss out. I finally got a high-waisted bikini (first bikini in my life at size 28 lol) and felt amazing in it. Being comfortable in your skin is possible at any size. Being physically comfortable is another story altogether, though, and after that self-love process I was finally ready to take care of my body, because it deserves that. Fast forward a little over a year and I've lost 70 pounds (I'm now a bit smaller than Chrissy but still weigh 330 pounds) through eating less, tracking what I eat, and I started running in addition to weight machines at the gym. No medical-grade liquid diet needed, just something sustainable I can do for the rest of my life. If she's not ready to lose weight or in a place mentally to do it, it's not going to happen. I don't begrudge her, I've been there, and still am when I think of how much further I have to go.