Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere

Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere

Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body

By Kate Harding; Marianne Kirby

Perigee Books, Paperback, 9780399534973, 252pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2009

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.

About the Author
Kate Harding has been writing popular feminist rants for Internet audiences since 2007, most notably at Jezebel", at "Salon" s "Broadsheet" blog, and at her own body-acceptance blog, "Shapely Prose". She s also the coauthor of "Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere", a major contributor to "The Book of Jezebel", and an essayist who s been published in several anthologies, including "Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape". Kate recently started a new Tumblr blog, "Don t Get Raped" (victimblaming.tumblr.com), which uses news items about sexual assault to catalog the many situations women and men and children have to avoid to fully protect themselves against the threat of rape. She lives in Chicago.

Kate Harding founded Kate Harding's Shapely Prose (kateharding.net), a blog about body acceptance and the treatment of fat people in the media. She lives in Chicago, USA. Marianne Kirby's blog therotund.com, is dedicated to body politics and fat acceptance. She is co-moderator of the Livejournal community Fatshionista, which has more than 2500 members. She lives in Orlando, USA.