"Well Rounded" is a familiar story about
a group of women who exceeded their own expectations and completely
overwhelmed the expectations of their culture. Eleven women were
chosen from a group of over fifty volunteers who were required to
meet only two criteria: she must weigh over 200 pounds; she must
be training to bike in a 560-mile, 7-day endurance biking event
This film introduces viewers to women they may
know in their everyday life; women who have dreams and hopes and
oftentimes difficult personal experiences of living inside their
bodies. Their bodies represent something our culture is taught to
fear. Their bodies are stereotyped into ideas of laziness, ineptitude,
stupidity, poverty, and lack of discipline. Their bodies never stopped
them from becoming lawyers, business owners, college graduates,
wives, girlfriends, or mothers. But the social judgment and prejudice
they experienced shaped and often stunted their experience of life.
"…I learned to start loving myself.
I'd been taught to hate myself because I was fat, and it took a
lot of strength and effort to practice loving myself, and to remember
how to do it. It has been a precious road I've been on, and a precious
gift I've given back to myself."
"I think I look good. And my husband thinks
I look good. And if you don't like the way I look, well, don't look
The personal stories of these women may sound
eerily familiar, because so very many women have learned to hate
their bodies, to play a constant weight game that has little to
do with health and everything to do with a multibillion dollar diet
But these women found their way out, or they're
working hard to do so. The only limitations they accept are the
ones they find for themselves.
So as they travel with almost three thousand cyclists,
biking 70 to 101 miles a day for seven consecutive days, as they
climb a total of 17,779 feet of hills and mountain passes, as they
coach cyclists slower than them and accept the support of cyclists
who are faster, they find that core of themselves that can't be
ignored. It defines their spirit. It shines out from them like light
through a stained glass window. It reconnects them with their RIGHT
to love their bodies and acknowledge their efforts.
"Well Rounded" is 'the happy fat documentary,'
it's the story of women who overcame self-hate and deep experiences
of shame. It's the story of survival and success and victory in
the face of high odds and overwhelming prejudice.It's the story