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"The most interesting and complex documentary at this year's film festival." —Willamette Week, Portland's News Weekly

"A compelling introduction to the struggles many gay men face in their relationship with food." —Marc Breindel, Gay.com

“Stirring and poignant. One of the best films made about eating disorders and a powerful piece of media for the gay community."
Penny D. Winkle, LISW, LPCC, Eating Disorder Specialist, The Ohio State University


Read
what others had to say about the film which recently screened to praise at The American Psychiatric Association Conference and The National Eating Disorders Association Conference

Hear

Director Travis Mathews talk with Montréal's 90.3 FM
(mp3) (mov)


ABOUT THE FILM

Do I Look Fat? is a feature-length documentary with fat on the brain -fat that we
feel, fat that we think and all sorts of fat problems that manifest from fat-phobic
thinking inside the fat-wary gay community. As one person puts it, "fat is the little
word with big meaning."

This "big meaning" is explored with a careful lens turned toward the gay community
itself. From the personal stories of seven diverse men who have struggled, or continue to struggle, with eating disorders and body image issues, Do I Look Fat? uncovers reoccurring and interconnecting themes that support this "self-esteem disorder." Themes such as childhood wounding, internalized homophobia, the effects of HIV/AIDS on the body and the prevalence of substance abuse histories are among a few that underscore the film. Perhaps most importantly, the film doesn't shy away from asking why these common histories have, until now, been left in the proverbial closet at a community level.

With a sensitivity that never panders toward sensationalism, the film weaves together the personal and the clinical with support from several experts in the field of eating disorders -an M.D. of a renowned eating disorder clinic, an art therapist, and a gay therapist who's battled with his own eating disorder. The result is a comprehensive introduction to how such a small word like "fat" managed such large and complex meanings among gay individuals and the community as a whole.


ABOUT THE MEN IN THE FILM

The following men are featured in Do I Look Fat? By clicking on any of the stills you
can read about the men, in their own words, and view clips from the film.


David

Stu

Howard

Mark

Rafael

Chris

Jai

Kim


 

 

 

 




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