Fat dating show
Her new BBC documentary, The film begins with Hill explaining she wants to understand where the feeling that a person can be "too fat for love" comes from. Stuart Flint, an expert in fat stigmatisation and discrimination.
Together, Flint, his students and Hill dissect the disparaging way fat is portrayed in society – by using words like "bulging" and "plague", by describing obesity as an "epidemic" accompanied with headless shots of plus-size bodies.
It was a high-stakes representation of the same issues in dating they come up against in real life, played out on screen and in bikinis.
A plus-size contestant would go through a similar thing, and it would be awful to watch.
Taking part as both an artist and a muse, Hill gushes over the drawings of her (almost) naked self: "It’s empowering to become art." The group explores the beauty in desexualised fat bodies and questions why society can’t find love in the fat form in the first place.
By actualising her online self-confidence into reality, the documentary teaches us so much more than the different ways fat people can find love and self-love.
The group agrees, these kinds of microaggressions build up to create a societal stigma against fat people.They would be left until last, picked apart by fellow contestants, and turned down not out of spoken fatphobia, but that lingering feeling that a woman of a certain size just isn’t someone’s type – because in our society, being plus-size still isn’t a widely accepted type of beauty.Perhaps the producers would deliberately engineer some potential matches, throwing in an unchiseled man.Since the dawn of Love Island, people have called for greater diversity in the types of bodies the dating show presents.
It’s easy to see why there’s a demand – the contestants on the show are uniformly slim, usually with well-proportioned breasts and a bum that they’re happy to show off in a bikini at all hours of the day.But as tempting as it is to crow that Love Island should be more realistic, that it should represent the general public rather than just some perfectly toned, superhuman elite, I don’t want to see plus-size people on the show. Definitely not Love Island size, but I can still buy clothes from the high street (most of the time, and often in the largest size).