Independent Lens: All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts

Independent Lens: All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts

Monday, March 24 at 10:00 p.m.

“Our society tends to see being overweight as a character flaw, but we all have problems we have to deal with. Unfortunately, mine is just more visible.” – Judy

The “Girls” have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. They met via the Austin chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, but now they’re going through the life-changing process of weight-loss surgery in an effort to lose hundreds of pounds. The experience presents a host of issues and consequences — some they knew they were in for, some they feared and some they never could have imagined.

The Girls have varied post-op experiences but one reality is true for all of them: having surgery means the loss of their primary coping strategy (eating), and the experience of shedding — or trying to shed — hundreds of pounds changes everything. Their health, their self-images, their marriages and friendships are all at stake.

By filmmaker Alexandra Lescaze.

Photo: The "Girls."