Bust, May 2009
Learn to love your bodacious bod, no matter what size or shape, in Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body, by Marianne Kirby and Kate Harding.
Marianne Kirby and Kate Harding know a thing or two about weight. Both self-proclaimed fat girls spent years as chronic dieters before finally saying “enough already” and deciding they needed to make over their attitudes as opposed to their bodies. Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere is their guide to staying healthy and enjoying life no matter what size you are.
To regular readers of the authors’ blogs (Harding’s Shapely Prose and Kirby’s The Rotund), their explanations of Health at Every Size—a movement that combines healthy, intuitive eating, and enjoyable exercise without weight loss as a goal—won’t be anything new. But if you aren’t familiar with this concept, the book serves as an excellent, comprehensive look at the truth behind common obesity myths, especially the ideas that “calories in, calories out” is a golden ticket to thinness and that weight loss automatically equals better health. The authors use witty anecdotes, essays from guest writers, and solid medical research to convey their message of self-love and healthy habits.
In addition to valuable nuggets from their blogs, Lessons comes complete with the snark and swearing that Kirby and Harding’s readers know and love, making the book a sharp and entertaining overview of the world of body image. Women (and men) can only benefit from it, especially the ones currently thinking, “Hey, Fatty, just eat less.”