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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: K. M. Ette Publishing, Ltd. (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985967900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985967901
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,221,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Informative, funny, and personal . . . Do yourself a favor and get this book. It might lead you to make a new friend--your own body." --Laurelee Roark, cofounder, Beyond Hunger

"Karen's story sheds new light on an area which is in tremendous need of greater understanding." --Marilyn Van Derbur Atler, author, Miss America by Day

"Fatlash! is a beautifully written, witty, and boldly personal perspective."  --Julie Gunlock, senior fellow, Independent Women's Forum

"Karen puts a human face on food restriction and gives a powerful example of what not to do." --Bernard J. Baars, PhD, coauthor, Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness, 2nd Ed.

"A brave story of how Karen moved past being a prized show-pony living her mother's dreams and having been sexualized at an early age." --Nita W. LaFontaine, the first Miss Louisiana who was black; author, Finding My Voice: Living with the Loss of Don LaFontaine

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Press Release:  Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
Princess by Proxy: New Memoir Introduces Term to Explain Extreme Beauty Pageant Moms

With the phenonomena of Toddlers and Tiaras and Honey Boo Boo comes a breed of parent that has been around for decades but has never had a name. Now, the behavior of "pageant moms on steroids" is termed "Princess by Proxy" by Martina Cartwright, PhD, RD in a new memoir, Fatlash! Food Police & the Fear of Thin--A Cautionary Tale by Karen Kataline, MSW
 
Programs like Toddlers and Tiaras and "Honey Boo Boo" have reignited controversy about "pageant moms on steriods," who live vicariously through their children, but there has never been a name to describe it until now. The syndrome has been termed "Princess by Proxy" by Martina Cartwright, PhD, RD in a new memoir, Fatlash! Food Police & the Fear of Thin--A Cautionary Tale by Karen Kataline, MSW
 
"Princess by Proxy" Syndrome, a subcategory of Achievement by Proxy Distortion (ABPD), is a pattern of adult behaviors that occurs when an adult's pride and satisfaction are achieved through a child's activities. It starts with the best intentions. Parents and adults who lovingly and compassionately support children's activities are normal. Those with ABPD objectify their children, seeing them either consciously or unconsciously as a means to obtain financial or social gains for themselves. Studies show that sexual objectification can put a child at risk for abuse and neglect.

Princess by Proxy is rampantly evident in the child pageant circuit and programs like "Toddlers and Tiaras" and their spinoffs like "Honey Boo Boo" where the most extreme pageant moms are rewarded with exactly the kind of financial gain and recognition they seek.
 
Kataline grew up with just such a mother. Put on the stage at the age three, she was exposed at an early age to being stared at and inappropriately displayed wearing skimpy outfits in front of audiences. Her tale warns against this kind of sexualization, not by banning pageants, but by educating parents and audiences alike about the dangers of exposing children in a way they are not prepared for. "I wrote my story in part, to illustrate in human terms, how this kind of sexualization affects normal development. While it doesn't take a pageant to sexualize a child, I believe pageant moms and these child "glitz" pageants will fall out of favor when more people are better informed about the consequences," Kataline said.
 
By recognizing the characteristics of Princess by Proxy Syndrome, and working to protect children from it, only then will those same children be able to develop normally so that they can enter into a healthy adulthood.
 
 
Karen Kataline, MSW, received her master's degree from Columbia University and has practiced in a variety of non-profit and corporate settings. She has taught communications and public speaking at the New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design in New York, New Jersey's Montclair State College among others. Fatlash! is her first book.
 
Martina Cartwright, Ph.D, RD., wrote the Foreword for Fatlash! She is a registered dietitian with a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science and Biomolecular Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has written extensively about child pageants and eating disorders and is credited with coining the term, "Princess by Proxy."

More About the Author

Author and speaker Karen Kataline received her master's degree from Columbia University and has practiced in a variety of non-profit and corporate settings. She has been an assertiveness trainer and public speaking coach for a Manhattan communications firm and has taught communications and public speaking at the New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design in New York, New Jersey's Montclair State College, and Fairleigh Dickenson University, among others. She also lends her operatic voice to a variety of fundraisers and community events. Fatlash! is her first book.

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It is a gripping story, told with honesty, forthrightness, and humor.
Una Voce
Ms. Kataline hit very close to home for me when she described how being overweight was protection from having to deal with men sexually objectifying her.
Maggie
FATLASH, by Karen Kateline provides us with "food for thought" and "thoughts for food!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Cookinham on October 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Karen's book is a pleasure to read. Eloquent, funny, and filled with insight about problems shared by millions: Should I be ashamed of my weight and torture myself to look thin? Should a mother help her daughter achieve glory on the stage...even if it kills her? Do I dare lose weight -- if every pound that comes off reveals frightening childhood memories the weight was intended to bury? This book should be read by Mother BEFORE she pushes her daughter into child beauty contests that force her to look and act more grown up than she really is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on October 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished FATLASH! and was happy to have someone put a voice to what I think is the insanity of parading young girls in front of the public as if they were pieces of meat, and making them think that unless they win that pageant or contest, they are worthless. What a horrible way to raise a child.

Ms. Kataline hit very close to home for me when she described how being overweight was protection from having to deal with men sexually objectifying her. It IS easier to hide behind a fat suit than to have to deal with some men's attention.

If you're a naturally shy person, as am I, there's comfort in the label of being fat and hence ignored.

To read all that Ms. Kataline endured, experienced and overcame on her road to achieving a comfortable weight was uplifting to me in my daily struggle with the scale.

Brava to Ms. Kataline for having the bravery to share her story with the world.

Maggie, Denver, CO
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Wilson on November 26, 2012
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Kataline makes the book easy to read, eloquent and funny! I don’t usually like to read anything serious but found this book to be interesting and entertaining. The books presents a serious topic, which I recognize in many people, and presents it with charm and humor.
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By E. P. Bergstrom on August 21, 2013
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Karen manages to treat an extremely painful subject with humor and grace. She is a courageous person. I recommend this inspiring read.
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By JMS on August 5, 2013
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Karen's book Fatlash is a real compelling read. I started it one evening and completed it the next night before going to bed. Though most of us probably weren't reluctant three-year-old beauty queens, many of us can identify with pressures to lose weight. How many of us have binged in rebellion to someone's expectations or commands; or have you ever eaten extra food even though you weren't hungry or it didn't taste good? Or how many times have you "almost gotten there", to that illusive perfect weight, and then started eating uncontrollably ONCE AGAIN. Karen takes us there.

She walks us through painful, discouraging years, in enough detail to make us feel we are right there with her, yet she doesn't give us so much detail that we want to run away.

She keeps sanity in the midst of insane behavior, and eventually turns it all into good by facing truth, and choosing to learn how to help others in their struggles.
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