I want to preface this article by saying I am fat, and if you are my friend please don't text me in the next five minutes apologizing for anything. I asked a bunch of fellow fat girls what were some of the worst things that happened to them all the time.
We deserve recognition for the things that happen to us.
Hell, I just gave a TEDx talk about this very thing.
I wrote about this in Finding the One Online extensively – what it’s like to be a woman dating online and how men need to up their games to connect.
A lesser actress would not have been able to play these scenes with humanity and sympathy that somehow avoids veering into the pitiable; yes, I believe the script wants Kate to be pitiable.
I think it wants Kate to be sad and desperate because it cannot imagine a fat woman who isn’t.
See, The first time we meet Kate, she is staring into her fridge. Her fridge is peppered with post-it notes to herself, some identifying foods as “BAD,” some sharply reminding her not to eat her birthday cake until her party. This is what we get first: a fat woman and a fridge. Somehow, in the course of stepping on the scale, she falls and badly sprains her ankle. This is what we get third: a fat woman immobile on a bathroom floor with an injured lower extremity. Read it again; all I’ve done is state the facts of our introduction to Kate.
Kate moves to the bathroom, where she strips down to her underwear to weigh herself. She is food- and weight-obsessed, struggling with low self-esteem (if not straight up self-loathing) and the show literally puts her injured on the floor within moments of meeting her.