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Self-Esteem Comes in All Sizes: How to Be Happy and Healthy at Your Natural Weight, Revised Edition Paperback – June 9, 2001
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From Library Journal
According to Johnson, it's okay to think big. The buxom therapist and founder of Largely Positive, a support group for overweight women and men, offers inspiration to anyone whose dieting has failed yet again. Need we add that the publicist expects this book to be big?
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"Carol Johnson is a character and she shines in this upbeat book on loving yourself. Carol is my heroine!" -- Lindsey Hall, author of Full Lives
"If anyone can convine you of the power of positive thinking about your size, it is Carol Johnson!" -- William J. Fabrey, Director, Council on Size & Weight Discrimination
"Self-esteem does comin in all sizes! Let Carol Johnson help yo apprciate and cultivate your 'naturally bestowed' assets!" -- Emme, supermodel
"This book radiates Johnsons warmth, vitality and confidence. She makes people feel good about themselves." -- Healthy Weight Journal
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Top Customer Reviews
Just reading the first line of Chapter 1 will get you siked up to read this book cover to cover. "Buckle up! You are about to take a journey unlike any you've been on before - at least in this society, because by the time we reach our destination, a place called `Largely Positive', you will no longer allow your size and weight measure your self-worth." She keeps to her work in this statement. The way she advises us isn't in a corny way that makes you roll your eyes like some self-esteem books I have read.
One of my favorite chapters of the book is Chapter 2 - "Separating Fact From Fiction." In this chapter, she presents facts of why most overweight people stay overweight or struggle with taking the pounds off. One theory about obesity that she points out is that many people believe is the gene factor. She says researchers haven't been able to pinpoint only one single gene that predispositions us for obesity but rather there are many different factors that can be looked at, such as you ancestry and immediate family members.
Her statement on page 41 really helped me in feeling better. "Larger people are biologically and physiologically different from thin people. It has nothing to do with willpower. It has nothing to do with your character." Every thin person who makes fun of larger people nee to read Chapter 2. I don't know how many times a thin person has commented to me how easy it is to lose weight and the tings I tell them (like all the women in my family are overweight) they say are me making excuses for my weight.
Another useful chapter is Chapter 4 - "Acceptable Discrimination". Not only does she point out the most common discriminations that most people go through but some that I hope I would never have to endure. Through this chapter she empowers us to recognize discrimination and ways to fight back.
Even though this isn't the typical workbook type book like a lot of self-help books, Chapter 5 offers a great section on working through how you developed the feeling you have now about your body and how to begin to except the size you are.
I could just go on and on about this book. Thank Gods I had a free weekend to read it because I couldn't put it down! I recommend this for anyone struggling with their body image and also to anyone who looks down on us. You will learn that just because someone is overweight doesn't mean we aren't healthy, happy, productive individuals
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The message I received from the book is so different from other media sources telling overweight individuals that they are wrong; this book encourages, supports, and validates overweight people that they deserve so much more. I did not receive the message from this book that it is encouraging anyone to ignore their health or that being unhealthy is positive. It says it in the title: your natural weight. Some people, no matter how much they diet, will never be a size 8...or a size 12...or a size 16, but they are healthy and live healthy lifestyles. So why beat yourself up? Also what if someone is in their weight loss journey and along the way, they are supposed to feel horrible about themselves until their goal weight? No. There should not be shame or hiding. She encourages you to be proud of yourself, which should never be contingent on weight.