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Not everybody can be a ‘fierce fatty’: the hard truth about body positivity

‘I’d give up a year of my life if it meant not being fat,’ says one participant in a new documentary

Charlotte Lytton

“Can you imagine being in a house with eight other fatties?” asks 34-year-old Victoria en route to the Oxford home where she will reside for eight days as part of Who Are You Calling Fat?.

The BBC documentary shows how differently those living with obesity feel about their size by incubating them, Big Brother-style, to tussle over deeply divisive issues.

Because being fat, you quickly realise, is complicated. Not least the word itself. Sarah, the 37-year-old director of Obesity UK, has struggled with it since regaining the 50kg she lost in 2013; Victoria, a body confidence coach and self-described “fierce fatty”, sees it as nothing more than an adjective. For civil servant Babs, those three letters are wrapped up in nearly 50 years of shame; she has never worn a T-shirt for fear of the comments her bare arms might attract...

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