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My Struggle With Obesity

Fifteen-year-old Rocky, a Palestinian American, lives with his parents and siblings in Brooklyn. Three times the size of his twin sister, Rocky is the target of his siblings' jokes and insults.

Best Documentary: Honorable Mention2005 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2005 / Czerina Patel / Samr "Rocky" Tayeh / WNYC's Radio Rookies, USA

Fifteen-year-old Rocky, a Palestinian American, lives with his parents and siblings in Brooklyn. Three times the size of his twin sister, Rocky is the target of his siblings' jokes and insults.

When they're not ridiculing him, his family tries to entice him to lose weight by offering such incentives as a laptop computer or even $1,000, for losing 30 pounds. Rocky captures his own struggles on tape as he tries earnestly to slim down, even though he has no idea how to control his eating.

My Struggle With Obesity won a Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award in the 2005 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, and was produced for WNYC's Radio Rookies in 2003.


produced by

Czerina Patel

Czerina Patel is the Executive Director of Yenza – an organization which helps the global community better know the African people and which seeks to reveal the brightness, talent, and beauty of Africa.

Samr "Rocky" Tayeh

Rocky Tayeh is a college student living with his eight siblings and parents in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood.


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