Heavy Craving

Heavy Craving

Written by Aidan Djabarov

I asked Hsieh how attitudes about weight impacted her personally and she said: “When I was young, my family and friends would sometimes tease me about my figure. It makes me feel insecure about my body to this day. In order to lose weight, I went on an unhealthy diet by skipping meals and constantly counting calories. It wasn’t a pleasant experience. In Taiwan, it’s strangely natural for us to comment on one’s appearance. People use words like ‘You’re getting bigger/thinner’ to greet each other when we meet. We’re led to think it’s a harmless gesture of loving and caring. But it makes us constantly aware of and worried about how we look. It’s as if your look doesn’t meet a certain standard, there’s something wrong with you.”

INTERVIEW: DIRECTOR HSIEH PEI-JU ON HEAVY CRAVING AND CHALLENGING BEAUTY STANDARDS: www.filmedinether.com/features/interview-director-hsieh-pei-ju-on-heavy-craving-and-challenging-beauty-standards