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Whitney: Fat Girl Dancing

TLC - 9pm

Who's in it?

Internet sensation Whitney Thore tells her whole story in this spellbinding and inspiring documentary.

In a nutshell

So many things “go viral” these days, it can be hard to keep track. Grumpy pets, skateboarding porcupines, scowling babies, singing grannies: they all have their moment of YouTube glory before vanishing back into obscurity. But Whitney Thore, aka “A Fat Girl Dancing”, has used her sudden fame to fantastic ends, working to increase acceptance of bodies that don’t fit standard media ideals of beauty.

But how did she go from an ordinary girl to internet icon? Well, it turns out that Whitney’s gradual weight gain was due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a condition which transformed her body and made her feel like she could never be the enthusiastic, slender dancer she once was. This is the story of that slow transformation, the initial grief, and the dawning awareness that while she was no longer skinny, she could still be as active as ever – and that’s what led to the clip that went viral.

What's the verdict?

Putting new life into the old cliché “big is beautiful”, Whitney’s become a figurehead for an entire movement, and this film should inspire even the most pessimistic coach potato to get their wiggle on.

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