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FAT!SO? : Because You Don't Have to Apologize for Your Size Paperback – December 1, 1998
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YA-The pervasiveness and dangers of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders are undeniable; recent articles on the subject have appeared in periodicals ranging from People to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Wann, a 5'4", 275-pound Californian, states unequivocally that America needs an attitude adjustment. Fear of fat, she says, supports a $40 billion a year diet industry, destroys both relationships and self-esteem, and engenders "loathing on a national level." Her revolutionary idea? Eat right, exercise, and stop worrying about weight. Being thin doesn't automatically equate with either health or happiness, the author reminds readers. She includes information from physicians, health experts, and medical journals to support her assertion that fitness contributes more to longevity than the "the f-word." The book, named after her Web site and her zine, is an engaging blend of fact and humor. Charts, graphics, photos ("visual counterpropaganda"), testimonials, quotes, ideas for sassy comebacks, and much more can help teens of all sizes reevaluate their view of the "flabulous." Fat! So? is irreverent and thought provoking, informative and fun.
Dori DeSpain, Herndon Fortnightly Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Marilyn Wann is a fat activist, author, and weight diversity speaker. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in linguistics from Stanford University. In 1994, she started the print zine FAT!SO?, which was nominated for an Utne Reader zine award. She later published the FAT!SO? book, which was named an American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers. Wann has been giving weight diversity talks since 1995 and has been invited to speak all over the US and in Canada, Mexico, and Iceland. In 2005 she received the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Individual Service Award. Wann has been a board member of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and an advisory board member for the Health at Every Size journal. She is currently an editorial board member for the Fat Studies Journal.
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Read about the mysterious disease that has started attacking fat people who become famous, get tips on personal trainers, find out why flirting is like any other martial art. And not only can you learn snappy comebacks for rude people, you also get handy pre-written blurbs for you to use on a date, when someone is rude, on a job interview, and in the doctor's office. Discover what Marilyn Wann did that the people at Weight Watchers found offensive, why she dies her hair hot pink (and why you should too!), and why people call her "Hank." See what practical advice Aunt Agony has for the woman whose jeans keep wearing out between the thighs. Learn the principle of "wash and chop," see pictures of naked fat bellies, arms, chins, butts; get bowling advice, medical references (it is more health threatening to be short than fat), and cool facts (fat women are twice as likely to enjoy sex and to reach orgasm). There's a recipe for Cottage Cheese Surprise, instructions for dealing with those annoying bright yellow "lose 30 pounds in 30 days" signs on the side of the road, a flabulous paper doll, trading cards and a list of 17 fun things to do with your bathroom scale that don't involve weighing yourself.
Fat!So? is powerfully enlightening. Thank you, Marilyn Wann, for your bold statement that fat people are cool. I propose that Crayola add a new color in honor of Wann--Fat!So? Pink!
Don't believe the inevitable backlash from people who do not want a different voice to be heard on fat issues. This is a fantastic book. Its a fun, easy read while also doing a lot of educating along the way. If people find her positions so threatening as to launch into these kind of cruel unfounded personal attacks to discredit her, you know the book is worth reading. This is a provactive book, no doubt, and you should experience her story for yourself. Not from people who are outraged that she's telling her story at all.