Welcome to Fatness In Film, a monthly column analysing examples of fat representation and body diversity on screen.
When I first watched My Mad Fat Diary, I wasn’t ready for it.
Based on the collection of teenage diary entries by Rae Earl, the Channel 4 show follows protagonist Rae (Sharon Rooney) as she is released from a psychiatric hospital after a severe incident of self-harm. Having been treated for months for her depression, anxiety and disordered eating, she is flung back out in the world, and struggles with fitting back into normal life. After reuniting with her childhood best friend Chloe (Jodie Comer, showcasing her genius long before Villanelle came along), she finds a new group of pals. With the help of them and her therapist Kester (Ian Hart), she navigates her way through a new family life, falling in love and going to college.