Carrying extra weight comes with emotional baggage as well. In the new documentary The Body Fights Back, five people share their experiences with the frustrating world of diet-culture. The film was written and directed by Marian Vosumets, and takes great care to include marginalized groups, including BIPOC, disabled, and LGBTQIA+ people. While the documentary includes footage from London professionals in the anti-diet movement, it also features first hand accounts from individual battles with bodies.
What many people may not know is very little of the dangers in this world are food. The majority involve self-starvation, binging, compulsive exercise and exhaustion. The Body Fights Back highlights the elusive promises of happiness that the world of weight loss promises, as well as how BMI is factored and how it may not be a solid look at weight on every body. It was particularly heartbreaking to see one woman talk about being offered cake once she was thin, before a barista launched into a diatribe about people not taking care of their bodies. The most destructive was a woman talking about how she had suffered sepsis in the hospital, and a nurse took the opportunity to berate her for being fat when she thought the woman couldn’t respond.
Fatphobia is real and destructive. The Body Fights Back hopes to open the eyes of those who attempt to force a diet agenda on perfectly healthy people, and those who may need more help in the realm of mental health than a diet plan.
The Body Fights Back is now available on digital platforms for rent and purchase, including iTunes and Apple TV.