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Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life Paperback – January 5, 2016
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"This chronicle of [Miller's] journey from childhood through hard-won revelations is hilarious and brutally honest, offering plenty of wisdom for anyone who's struggled with issues of her own."― People
"Readers of all sizes, shapes and backgrounds can relate to 'Big Girl.' It's a tour de force on growing up, learning how to be healthy in mind, body and spirit, and coming to terms with the fact that life is fast, but it is OK to stop for a moment to bring home, smell and eat the bacon."
―New York Daily News
"Raw and revealing, with self-deprecating humor sprinkled throughout. . . . [Miller's] honestly, hilariously told story will appeal to any readers who have ever felt dissatisfaction with their bodies and will move them to tears of sorrow, laughter, and joy."―Publishers Weekly
"Readers will cheer for Miller to succeed on her 'anti-diet' diet of intuitive eating, her quest to eat according to her mindfully mined needs and desires, not according to a rulebook."―Kirkus Reviews
"In less capable hands, Big Girl might have been another garden-variety memoir or diet book. With Miller in charge, however, we see these two genres woven cleverly together to tell a story that - if you're in possession of a beating heart - will promise to amuse, educate and inspire."―Sara Barron, author of The Harm in Asking and People Are Unappealing
"Smart, sane, and funny, Big Girl is the wise friend that every person should have by their side when navigating the bizarre extremes of modern eating. With grace and humor, Kelsey Miller sheds light on the hazards of a culture obsessed with dieting--and shows us that self-acceptance and intuition can offer a way out."―Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
"Reading Big Girl is like spending time with your utterly authentic and devastatingly articulate new friend. Kelsey Miller strikes a pitch perfect balance between criticizing our deeply warped cultural attitudes toward body image and reminding us all that we're personally responsible for--and capable of--rising above the insanity."―Kelsey Osgood, author of How To Disappear Completely
"Big Girl is so much more than the story of a girl's life-long struggles with food and her body. It is a unflinchingly honest and laugh-out-loud hilarious look at what it means to be a woman, full stop. Kelsey Miller's struggles might not specifically be yours, but no one reading this spectacular debut memoir will doubt that how she deals with those struggles, her successes and very human failures, are universal. This book is, quite simply, an act of both courage and kindness, shining a spotlight on the things we all hold secret, and in the process it becomes not only inspirational and uplifting, but more importantly, an enormously entertaining piece of writing."―Stacey Ballis, author of Out to Lunch and Recipe for Disaster
About the Author
Kelsey Miller graduated from Boston University with a BS in Film & Television. She began her career in the film production industry before transitioning to full-time writing. Soon after joining the staff of Refinery29, she created The Anti-Diet Project, one of the website's most popular franchises. She is currently a Senior Features Writer and lives in Brooklyn.
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My one real complaint is not about this author or the book. I didn't subtract stars b/c I don't think it's fair to make judgments about what is not in a book. However Geneen Roth should really be acknowledged as the leader in the intuitive eating/understanding emotional eating field. She was saying all of this in the early 90s in books like When Food Is Love. For some reason she is very rarely acknowledged in body positivity writing and I don't know why. It could be that b/c many writers are young, they just missed the book.
Other than that, I thought the book was great.
I'm not really "fat" or "skinny" but I've had issues with eating all my life. I worried I might not be able to relate to a fat positive book because I'm not clearly "fat". And yet I found many of the experiences and relationships of the author with food to speak to my own. I felt better about myself, and hopeful. Reading this book made me realize that I've been dieting constantly since before I became a teenager and this behavior complicated my relationship with food. It lead to an eating disorder and I'm not doing that anymore but I still have my issues. As a result, I've continuously lost and gained even more weight leading to where I am today. So I made a promise with myself to give up diets for good. This has been incredibly difficult but I keep working at it and remember the lessons I've learned from this book whenever I start thinking of trying some new fad diets. I'm still learning to take care of myself and working on my tendency towards emotional eating and remembering that "bad" foods don't really exists, but at least I have a better idea of what my problems are. I think this book might be able to do the same for you. It's a good memoir type intro to intuitive eating.
This book provides a working glimpse into the life of intuitive eating. It helps a the reader understand that intuitive eating is truly a life-long process that involves both uncovering the past and honoring whatever future may come. If you are looking for a manual on intuitive eating, try Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works or The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care or When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies: Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession. If you're looking for a wonderfully crafted, experiential story about an incredibly courageous woman who is practicing intuitive eating, buy this book!! And don't forget to check out Kelsey's Anti-Diet Project on Refinery29--truly a refreshing voice amidst the constant internet "health" babble!
I found myself up late at night in my bed laughing out loud at her Kelsey's witty sense of humor. I also found myself in tears reading about her deep-rooted body issues and feeling a sort of relief that someone else out there gets it. Through all her struggles and strifes, she really had me thinking about my own issues and how to tackle them. I applaud her openness and can only hope to read more from her in the future.