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‘All of Me’ documentary about weight-loss surgery airs March 24

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 17, 2014

A documentary featuring a group of Austin women who undergo weight-loss surgery is coming to PBS’ Independent Lens this month.

“All of Me,” which chronicles the lives of a group of obese women known as “The Girls,” who met through the Austin chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, will air at 8 p.m. March 24 on the station. “Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance,” will air at 9 p.m.

The film, directed by Alexandra Lescaze, follows the women in the group as they opt to have gastric band or gastric bypass weight-loss surgery. Their lives change dramatically - in both expected and unexpected ways.

More than 90 million Americans are obese; some 200,000 of them - 80 percent of them women - undergo weight-loss surgery each year.

For more information about the film, four short companion films, an interview with the filmmaker and links and resources, go to to www.pbs.org/independentlens/all-of-me.