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ALL OF ME shines a fresh light on the causes, challenges, and intense psychological struggles surrounding obesity in our society, as well as our attitudes and prejudices towards the obese.
Through personal stories, three severely obese women who have been friends for years share their all too common struggles with diets and pills to lose weight. And their decision to choose gastric band or gastric surgery as a last resort.
With searing honesty, the women take us through their struggles before and after surgery, including a host of issues and consequences, some they expected, some they feared, and some they could have never imagined.
They have varied post-op experiences, but one reality is true for all of them -- the surgery means the loss of their primary coping strategy (eating). And trying to shed hundreds of pounds changes everything in their lives -- their health, their self-images,t heir marriages,and even their friendships.
These women's stories represent the more than 200,000 Americans a year who choose weight-loss surgery, 80% of them women, as well as millions of Americans who struggle with obesity and weight loss.
All of Me provides a unique and thoughtful look at a community of people that is often vilified, the butt of jokes, or quite simply ignored in our society, and encourages viewers to examine their own prejudices and complicated relations with food, fat, and their bodies.
Broadcast on PBS Independent Lens
"Outstandingly potent. This coolly penetrating film honors women who address the reality of their lives with ferocious eloquence."
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