Gabrielle Deydiers work about being obese has ignited her native France. She tells Stefanie Marsh how her life has been a battle against grossophobia, discrimination and verbal defamation until now
In August 2015, 37 -year-old Gabrielle Deydier vanished for a scheduled interview which she guided with flying colours. The activity was for its own position as a belief helper at a Parisian special needs institution and the interrogation board, including the school’s rector, had been so impressed with Gabrielle that they even told her they were worried in case she left for a better-paid chore. There had been only one uncomfortable minute: it comes down at the end, as Gabrielle was walking out the door. The rector said:” The professor you’ll be working under can be rather difficult .” Gabrielle just listened him, she was so delighted about her brand-new job.
It wasn’t long before she realised that “difficult” was a immense understatement.” You’re Gabrielle Deydier ,” was the first thing the teach in question said when they met.” I don’t work with fatty beings .” Gabrielle tried to laugh it off, but the difficult teacher wasn’t smiling.” It wasn’t a mockery ,” she said.
Gabrielle has two grades, a lovely and open style and weighs 150 kg, or 231/2 stone. She also has the accident of both being French and living in France, which means that her physical appearance tallies for everything, including her employability. In France, she says( and all the facts of her know seem to bear this out ), being solid is deemed to be a grotesque self-inflicted disability. At any given time, 80% of Frenchwomen are thought to be on a diet. In the south of the two countries, there’s a lively gastric-band manufacture( 50,000 activities a year ).
There’s currently a vegan craze cleaning the district- a room for some people to cover up eating disorders. “Frenchwomen,” says Gabrielle,” respect themselves as being “the worlds largest” feminine in Europe. There is this feeling that brides have to be excellent in every highway .” Is it amazing then that the publication of Gabrielle’s book, You’re Not Born Fat , last-place month has attracted keen interest- a combination of the two praise and moral terror?
For Gabrielle the past 12 months have been like waking up from a nightmare, if hallucinations were real and lasted two decades. At one point in our find she’s weeping- but they find themselves cries of happy mistrust. Suddenly, at 38, Gabrielle, who’s been told her part adult life that she wasn’t is suitable for succeed, is being called an intellectual break-out protagonist. She’s been profiled in Le Monde , Figaro , the government report store Le Point , and appeared on France’s most serious Tv shows.
The day before I assemble her a councillor under Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, called Gabrielle be interested to know whether she would consider organising the capital’s first anti-grossophobia( sizeism) epoch. Bargains to write a cinema write and a novel have been induced. Italian Vanity Fair wrote about her, and an Italian publisher snapped up the book. The English-language titles have not yet been sold.