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Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body Paperback – May 5, 2009
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About the Author
Kate Harding is an accomplished writer. She is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. Harding's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a PhD in creative writing from Bath Spa University.
Marianne Kirby is a writer, editor, and activist. She frequently contributes to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and television shows. She has been published by the Guardian, xoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. Kirby has appeared on TV and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil show to Radio New Zealand.
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Since I had been just picking up on things here and there online, having to research backwards to figure out what everyone was referencing in conversation, and where they were coming from, it was exciting to then find a book that is kind of a "101" of size acceptance and health at every size.
From reading various blogs online, I had begun to understand the basic element of 'yes we are fat, but we are still humans and we deserve to be treated as thus' and that was basically a revelation to my entire life of thinking and hearing "if only I/you were thinner", "when I'm thin I can...", and general bashing of women, both thin and fat alike.
While reading this book, I just kept thinking "WOW", all the time, "wow".
This book is a great introductory for people who are interested in improving their mental health and getting to know just what these 'crazy fat people' are talking about.
Many people seem to confuse the issue of Size Acceptance to giving up. This is not the same thing at all. Embracing Size Acceptance does not mean "oh well there is no point in being healthy, I'm going to eat 2 whole cakes every day" (visit [...] for more about 2 whole cakes...) it means that you may think "ok this is my body and I am going to love it, because its what I've got. It may take years to do, but its better than hating myself for the rest of my life for an arbitrary beauty standard". It means if you gain 5 lbs, you are not a worse person morally, and if you lose 5 lbs you are not a better person morally. You are a person.
When approached with this topic, I've noticed that many people get very angry and heated when proposed with even the IDEA that being fat is somehow NOT wrong. I was once this way myself. I used to think "how dare they! don't they see how UNHEALTHY they are!!?" and I never stopped to wonder where the basis for these thoughts came from. It was just something EVERYBODY KNEW. So I read this book, and I must say these ladies are educated and they are critical thinkers. It IS possible to be healthy and fat, at the same time. I know you wont' believe me, but read the book, Harding and Kirby have science and logic to back up what they are writing.
This book obviously hits on very sensitive issues. However I think this book is an absolute essential read, just to even attempt to take a step or two back, and look at your own prejudices and ideas that you may take for granted. If you've struggled with weight issues in ANY part of your life, whether it was 5 lbs or 500 lbs, this is a must read if you are unacquainted with Health at Every Size or Size Acceptance. I think this book can be monumentally helpful even if you've never had weight issues. For those that are naturally thin, it may help to understand that fat people don't need to be blamed or shamed, that our bodies are not public property, and the issue goes further than you think.
the bottom line is that this book lets you feel okay with yourself if you are overweight and encourages self love and acceptance. Good ideas and an excellent thing to practice, but I do not think I got good, quality information and help from reading this book.