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The “Girls” have been friends for years. Now, having weight-loss surgery will upset all they knew about health, happiness, friendship, and love.
Alexandra’s first award-winning film, Where Do You Stand? stories from an American mill, documented the 25-year effort of North Carolina textile workers to organize a union in the face of modernization and globalization. By day, she is the executive director of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, home of the annual Hillman Prizes and monthly Sidney Awards,… Show more honoring excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Show less
The “Girls” have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. Their bond goes deep and wide, literally and figuratively. They are smart, intuitive, complex, warm, and compelling and speak openly about their inner lives. They met via the Austin chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and partied together among Austin’s Big Beautiful Women community. Meanwhile they tried every diet and every pill. 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.