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Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body

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From the leading bloggers in the fat-acceptance movement comes an empowering guide to body image no matter what the scales say.

When it comes to body image, women can be their own worst enemies, aided and abetted by society and the media. But Harding and Kirby, the leading bloggers in the afatosphere, an online community of the fat acceptance movement, have written a book to help readers achieve admiration for or at least a truce with their bodies. The authors believe in health at every size and the idea that weight does not necessarily determine well-being and that exercise and eating healthfully are beneficial, regardless of whether they cause weight loss. They point to errors in the media, misunderstood and ignored research, as well as stories from real women around the world to underscore their message. In the up-front and honest style that has become the trademark of their blogs, they share with readers twenty-seven ways to reframe notions of dieting and weight, including: accepting that diets do not work, practicing intuitive eating, finding body-positive doctors, not judging other women, and finding a hobby that has nothing to do with one's weight.

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From the leading bloggers in the fat-acceptance movement comes an empowering guide to body image--no matter what the scales say.

About the Author

Kate Harding founded Kate Harding's Shapely Prose (kateharding.net), a blog about body acceptance and the treatment of fat people in the media.

Marianne Kirby's is dedicated to body politics and fat acceptance. She is co-moderator of the Livejournal community Fatshionista, which has more than 2,500 members.

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JacquelynJoan, December 23, 2013 (view all comments by JacquelynJoan)
Shocked to see the low rating on here, but I guess I shouldn't be. There is a lot of resistance to the idea that fatness is not ugly and unhealthy and that diets don't work. This book is not defeatist, it's pragmatic. It's helpful, to understate it. Check out the table of contents, or better yet give it a read. (If you're not sure try the library first. Shh)
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Laura Blum, December 18, 2010 (view all comments by Laura Blum)
To the commenters below:

Please direct your attention to this highly informative blog post by one of the authors of this book, Kate Harding: "Don't You Realize Fat is Unhealthy?" http://bit.ly/11yU1k

It would seem that not only have you not even READ this book, but that you are also missing the point entirely.

Thank you, and have a lovely day.
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AngelaP, January 13, 2010 (view all comments by AngelaP)
I see that many commenters have labeled PeterPiper's review as "not helpful". I would challenge those people to visit Marianne Kirby's blog, The Rotund, and check out the photos she posted on July 28, 2009. The woman in those photos is *not* the picture of health!

Also, she is very cagey about her weight. She will admit to weighing over 300 pounds, but won't get any more specific than that. That makes me think her "size acceptance" act is all a sham.

If one of the authors of LFTF won't even admit to her weight, what does that say about the book and the fat acceptance movement as a whole?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399534973
Author:
Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby
Publisher:
Perigee Books
Author:
Harding, Kate
Author:
Kirby, Marianne
Subject:
Personal Growth - Self-Esteem
Subject:
Mind and body
Subject:
Physical fitness
Subject:
Weight Loss
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women's Health - General
Subject:
Esteem
Subject:
SELF-HELP / Self-Esteem
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.60x5.16x.72 in. .44 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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