All of me

January 8, 2009 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

I recently came across this interesting trailer from a documentary film and thought it would be good to share. Here’s what Alexandra Lescaze, Producer/Director, has to say:

“The film follows a group of women in Austin, Texas who have been friends, and fat, for years. But now, one by one, they are deciding to have weight loss surgery. They call themselves the “girls.” They are smart, intuitive, complex, warm and compelling. They speak poignantly of a rich inner life that we rarely hear from anyone over 250 pounds. Now, losing weight is changing their lives in unexpected ways, forcing them to reckon with who they have been, who they are becoming and who loves them for precisely who they are.

I shot this footage last May and I am fundraising now so I can keep shooting. I plan to follow the “girls” for at least a year, probably longer. Judy has lost 110 pounds since her gastric bypass surgery in May, Dawn is struggling to break through her plateau and her marriage is on the rocks, Zsalynn is trying to figure out what to do…there are three more I haven’t interviewed yet at all.

Soon, we’ll have a blog up on our site where you can comment. For now, please rate, favorite, and leave a comment on YouTube! That’s how search engines start to pick it up, the video gets seen and the movie known about.

Last year, more than 200,000 Americans (80% of them women) elected to have weight loss surgery and millions more are now considering the option. My goal for ALL OF ME is to bring to the screen new authentic voices, shattering myths about the obese, going beyond the headlines and voyeuristic images to find out what is really going on with fat in our society. I want the film to discredit the diet industry and challenge people to take informed action on obesity and eating disorder prevention.”

I think it’s great to bring this into the public eye. There are so many issues involved, it’s about time we took a closer look. As I’ve said before, there is no quick-fix to an eating disorder. I don’t know enough about surgery to have an opinion, but I only hope that people who have the surgery also get adquate therapeutical care or counselling.

Never forget: An eating disorder is a coping mechanism. When we let go of it, we need new coping mechanisms, and we open up a whole new can of worms which gives us a LOT to deal with. I say this with a smile, but am very serious about it. The challenge of recovery should NOT be underestimated or assumed to be dealt with through an operation or a diet. There’s a lot of emotional hard work as well, but it’s definitely worth it. Take care and good luck — to the “girls” and to everyone else who needs it!

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