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All of Me – Where Being Called Fat is a Compliment, and a Welcome

Fat is not funny, but "The Girls" of All of Me know that big can be beautiful
Fat is not funny, but "The Girls" of All of Me know that big can be beautifulCourtesy, PBS.org

Not all Americans are obsessed about being the biggest losers or having washboard abs. There are people who admit they are overweight but not only believe they are still beautiful – they know it, and so do their friends. All of Me is their story, or at least the story of “The Girls,” as a group of big, beautiful women in Texas call themselves. Part support group, part club, “The Girls” are part of the Austin Chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, and filmmaker Alexandra Lescaze presents their story in the latest offering in the Independent Lens series on PBS.

All of Me is part of the Independent Lens series and will premiere on most PBS stations at 10 pm Eastern Time on Monday, March 24. (CPTV Connecticut Public Television is delaying the premiere broadcast until 4 am Eastern Time Wednesday, March 26.)

The women featured in All of Me know there are health consequences to being overweight. They have all tried to lose excess pounds through diet, exercise, pills or even surgery. Some were successful in shedding weight and inches temporarily, while others were never able to slim down, or at least not slim down enough to satisfy either their doctors or society let alone themselves. These women do not glory in being obese – to the contrary, they support and work with each other to try to find solutions to their health concerns -- but at the same time they refuse to be stereotyped, called names or otherwise accept being belittled or dismissed by others who do not share their corpulence.

“The” Girls are big, brave, strong women – and have big hearts to match. All of Me explores their trials, their tribulations, and their triumphs, as they battle their weight but also the prejudices that make coping with their problems even more difficult to handle.

All of Me is part of the Independent Lens series and will premiere on most PBS stations at 10 pm Eastern Time on Monday, March 24. CPTV Connecticut Public Television is delaying the premiere broadcast until 4 am Eastern Time Wednesday, March 26.

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Mark G. McLaughlin has struggled with weight all of his life, and empathizes with "The Girls" of All of Me.

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