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

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Penguin, 2009 - Self-Help - 252 pages
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 "fatosphere," the 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"-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 don't 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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User Review  - calmclam - LibraryThing

I'm not totally convinced of the science they site, but in terms of body image and self-acceptance, this book is a phenomenal place to start. I think it's really valuable for any woman in Western society. Read full review

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I only knew my weight from the times I went to the doctor. Mostly, I just knew if my clothes were fitting or not. If they weren't, and I was to cheap to go buy new ones, I would hop on the treadmill ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
ix
Accept That Diets Dont Work
3
Practice Health At Every Size Including Yours
13
Find a Form of Exercise You Love
19
Practice Intuitive Eating
27
If You Think You Might Be Suffering from Depression Get Help
43
Find BodyPositive Doctors and Go to Them
49
Fat Hatred Kills
58
Seek Out Images of Happy Healthy Hot Fat Women
127
Make Friends with a TailorLearn to Sew
135
And Other Reasons to Blame the Fit Model
141
Buy Fabulous Clothes and Wear Them
144
Thrift Tips for Fatties
147
Dont Shop at Stores That Dont Carry Your Size Even If You Are with Thin Friendsand Tell Them Youre Not Shopping There
154
Dont Keep Clothes That Dont Fit
158
On Buying Things Too Small as a Motivational Tactic
162

Dont Obsess if You Miss a Day at the Gym
64
Dont Weigh Yourself
70
Find a Good Partner
77
Stop Judging Other Women
87
Not an Essay About PusUp Bras
92
Get a Hobby That Has Nothing to Do with Your Weight And Do It with Other People
98
Dont Believe That Only Sick Freaks Would Want to Date Fat Women
102
Dont Hang Around with People Who Say Negative Things About Your Body
111
Dont Hang Around with People Who Say Negative Things About Their Own Bodies
118
Dont Participate in Diet Talk
122
Train Yourself to Read Media Reports on Fat and Dieting with a Critical Eye
167
Read Up on Fat Acceptance and the Science of Fat
179
Quit Watching So Much TV
185
Get Over Yourself They Really Really Arent All Looking at You
193
The Wages of Visibility
198
Defend Your Own Honor as Vigorously as You Would a Friends
202
Accept That Some Days Will Be Better than Others
207
Dont Put Things Off Until Youre Thin
213
Dont Diet Anyway They Still Dont Work
222
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About the author (2009)

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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