“This is Us” Fails To Unpack The Tragic Fat Girl Trope At All And It’s Super Bumming Me Out
Lesley Kinzel

I’d been uncomfortable with the promos for this show because the brief scenes they showed of this lovely fat woman had her either taking off her earrings before a weigh-in, the aforementioned staring into a refrigerator or jammed uncomfortably into a corner next to a toilet, her body so contorted that I pondered if the actress was wearing extra padding in order to facilitate an artificially heightened starting point in an unfolding weight loss story.

I may give the show a try, it’s waiting on my DVR, but it’s really hard to swallow yet another fat main character whose primary focus seems to be her body and not her life.