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Your Fat Friend

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“Another joyously insightful, subversive and ultimately uplifting documentary from the great Jeanie Finlay.”

Mark Kermode

A film about fatness, family, the complexities of making change and the deep, messy feelings we hold about our bodies. Your Fat Friend charts the complexities of finding a place in the world when you don’t quite fit.

Aubrey Gordon writes anonymously with candour and humour as “Your Fat Friend” about what it means to be a very fat woman in the world.

Her searingly honest writing describes what it’s like to be that fat person on the plane.

… and how the fantasies, peddled by a diet and wellness industry worth $26 billion a year are on a par with the lies that Big Tobacco told the public in the 1950s. (95% of diets fail for lasting weight loss). And how the biggest threat to fat people’s health might just be the bias that many healthcare providers hold for fat people.

…and about her own fractured relationship with her body.

She spent a decade campaigning for LGBTQIA rights so she knows that change is possible. Now it’s time to advocate for herself.

This isn’t about “body positivity” co-opted by brands to sell fat-kinis to size 16 women, it’s about bringing about a paradigm shift in the way that we treat fat people and the fat on our own bodies. It has brought her an insatiable worldwide audience, and threats to her life.

We follow Aubrey’s rise from anonymous blogger to NYTimes best-selling author and co-host of the podcast Maintenance Phase, but the most meaningful change is when her family start listening to her message.

Director:Jeanie Findlay

Year:2023

Languages:English

Runtime:94

Origin:UK

Location:QUAD

Subtitles:N/A

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