Leeds writer Kay Mellor tells how life imitated art

RADIO APPEARANCE: Kay Mellor, the writer of Fat Friends.

Leeds writer Kay Mellor has revealed how researching her acclaimed series Fat Friends led her to become “fixated” on losing weight.

The 66-year-old, who has turned the Leeds-based Fat Friends series into a musical, said she was told by a slimming group leader she needed to lose two stone, despite only going for research. Mellor told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young: “But then, slowly, I became fixated, myself.” One of her Desert Island Discs was The Beautiful South’s Perfect 10 – the Fat Friends theme tune – because it gives her “butterflies”. She said: “It was such a lovely time of my life, it was a drama that was really important to me because I thought I had something to say about weight and body image.”

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