Chaz, a tattooed, pierced San Franciscan hipster, is convinced he’s overweight. The latest evidence? He caught his date feeling out his “fat waist.” Yes, despite his lanky limbs and low body weight, Chaz is afflicted with the most difficult condition to treat: he’s soft in the middle. He’s Skinnyfat. The traumatic event sets him on a plan to lose weight until he has hipbones “sharp enough to trim hedges!” Joined by his flighty friend Davy, self-absorbed Chaz stumbles through gym workouts, crash dieting, tweaker yoga, force vomiting, and even a distressing bear party! Along the way, he learns that physical ideals can change with the next pop culture trend, and even the revered six pack may not be enough to secure the most important love of all—his own.
With razor sharp humor, writer-director Andy Bydalek creates a hilarious portrait of image-obsessed gay culture and shows what can happen when body-consciousness becomes-body fixation.
Skinnyfat is a satire about body image and dating. Although it focuses mostly on the gay community, it will appeal to anyone who has thought about losing or gaining weight. With a subversive comedic gaze, it explores:
Body dysmorphia, when a person is excessively concerned about an imagined or minor defect in their physical features
Media and industries targeting people’s weight
Social groups created around body image and the gulf between those groups
Key Words: Gay, Hipsters, Dating, Body Image, Six Pack, Eating Disorders, Exercise Bulimia, Bears, Sassy!