I heard a very cool story on NPR’s Best Of last weekend. Here is the description:
Fifteen year-old Rocky, a Palestinian American, lives with his parents and siblings in Brooklyn. Three times the size of his twin sister, Rocky is the target of his siblings’ jokes and insults. When they’re not ridiculing him, his family tries to entice him to lose weight by offering such incentives as a laptop computer or even $1,000, for losing 30 pounds. Rocky captures his own struggles on tape as he tries earnestly to slim down, even though he has no idea how to control his eating.
I have this probably unfair belief that Arabs and Arab-Americans have serious body image issues, and listening to Rocky’s family tease him confirmed these somewhat. Listen to it yourself.