Skinnyfat describes a body typology comprised of a small frame and thin limbs with no muscle tone…just soft, shapeless flab, especially in the midsection. Example: hipsters who have stick thin arms and legs but sport a beer gut. Considered a first world phenomenon born of laziness and social privilege.
Chaz, a tattooed, pierced San Franciscan hipster, is convinced he’s overweight. The latest evidence? He caught his date feeling out his “fat waist.” Yes, despite his lanky limbs and low body weight, Chaz is afflicted with the most difficult condition to treat: he’s soft in the middle. He’s Skinnyfat. The traumatic event sets him on a plan to lose weight until he has hipbones “sharp enough to trim hedges!” Joined by his flighty friend Davy, self-absorbed Chaz stumbles through gym workouts, crash dieting, tweaker yoga, force vomiting, and even a distressing bear party! Along the way, he learns that physical ideals can change with the next pop culture trend, and even the revered six pack may not be enough to secure the most important love of all—his own.
With razor sharp humor, writer-director Andy Bydalek creates a hilarious portrait of image-obsessed gay culture and shows what can happen when body-consciousness becomes-body fixation.
Skinnyfat is a satire about body image and dating. Although it focuses mostly on the gay community, it will appeal to anyone who has thought about losing or gaining weight. With a subversive comedic gaze, it explores: