Lipedema: The Documentary

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There are an estimated 17 million women in the USA that have the fat disorder Lipedema and don’t know it, and many more globally. Filmmaker and patient Catherine Seo brings us on a journey of discovery, as she explores this misunderstood and commonly misdiagnosed disease.

When her own Lipedema diagnosis was overlooked and surgery resulted in dire complications, Catherine began a journey of inquiry rather than face immobility and chronic pain. During her research, she traveled across the US and to Europe and the UK, looking for the answers to her many questions, interviewing experts and patients as she went along. As she began to understand the complexities of the little known fat disorder of Lipedema and the prevalence of anti-fat bias in healthcare, she also discovered the innovation of a handful of doctors in treating this disease. As the pieces came together, a bigger story emerged. The documentary, The Disease They Call FAT, is that story. Produced by Lipedema Simplified Productions in partnership with the Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research & Treatment.

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Catherine Seo, PhDc
Founder, Lipedema Simplified
Director & Producer

Mark L. Smith, MD, FACS
The Friedman Center for Lymphedema
Research & Treatment
Executive Producer