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One Woman’s Story About The Difficulties Of Growing Up “Fat”
September 19, 2013
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At some point in childhood, many of us confront the feeling that we don't fit in. For kids with bigger bodies, it can be hard to escape that feeling, as this video by illustrator Stacy Bias demonstrates. It's the first in a new series called The Fat Experience, in which Bias, a self-described "fat activist", turns interviews with overweight individuals into moving animations.

The video starts with the first time a woman named VJ "realized that 'fat' was considered a bad thing" at Catholic school, and moves on to a medical visit where VJ's mother was castigated by a doctor, himself on the bigger side, for raising a large kid. On her blog, Bias writes about the pain and universality of the experience: "Sometimes our resilience and strength can hush our pain until we share it with others, and then the reality of it as shared or reflected with and by others brings it home again."

Coincidentally, a trio of feature films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival covered similar territory: Fat, from comedian Mark Phinney, is a personal look at one man's battle with obesity; Paradise: Hopefrom Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, takes place at a diet camp, where the 13-year-old heroine falls in love with the camp doctor; and Paradise (unrelated to Paradise: Hope), from Mexico's Mariana Chenillo, looks at society's obsession with body type through the lens of an overweight couple attempting to lose weight together.

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