Comedienne Jessie Kahnweiler's Web Series Explores the Funny Side of Life with an Eating Disorder (No, Really)
Kahnweiler first started work on The Skinny in early 2015
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YouTube comedienne Jessie Kahnweiler first talked to PEOPLE about her web series The Skinny last year, and the finished project is finally seeing the light of day, thanks to Refinery29.
Kahnweiler and Refinery29 worked with Wifey.tv – a partnership between Transparent creator Jill Soloway and musician and gURL.com founder Rebecca Odes – to finish the work Kahnweiler had already started on the series in 2015 and shoot more episodes, which will be premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
“I was really nervous writing it and dealing with something so personal,” Kahnweiler told PEOPLE of the series. “A huge question I had was: ‘Am I well enough to do this?’ ”
“This series is about taking ownership of the issue through my own experience. All of those things I did that I would never tell anybody – that’s what made it into the show.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, help is out there. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Helpline can be reached at 800-931-2237.
This quiz, NEDA’s free and confidential screening for eating disorders, is designed to help people determine if it’s time to seek professional help.