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"A skilled blend of insight...and emotion" (Publishers Weekly), a memoir for every woman who has ever tried to lose weight.
Frances Kuffel transformed her life by losing 188 pounds. Unfortunately, she gained over half those pounds back. But she also gained four new friends during this period, whom she met online. Frances, Lindsay, Katie, Mimi, and Wendy bonded quickly, dubbing themselves the Angry Fat Girlz. In Eating Ice Cream with my Dog, Frances Kuffel shares a candid and witty account of one year in which five women diet and eat, lose and gain, exercise and survive injury--and struggle to find their best selves.
Previously published as Angry Fat Girls.
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"We're nor angry at a world that doesn't like fat people, or angry at ourselves. We're angry at our fat, our eating, our reasons for eating."
Frances Kuffel transformed her life by losing 188 pounds. But like the vast majority of dieters, she transformed it again by gaining over half those pounds back.
Frances's losing-and-gaining pattern is more dramatic than most, but it's not unusual. After all the struggle and hard work -- and success -- she somehow lost control, and was once again forced to carry around a nearly unbearable weight, both physically and psychologically. And like so many women, she wondered: How could this happen?
But she also gained many new friends during this period: in particular, four women in similar situations and similar bad moods, whom she met online. Frances, Lindsay, Katie, Mimi, and Wendy bonded quickly, dubbing themselves the Angry Fat Girlz. They shared not just rage, but embarrassment and fear, fragile hope and a mutual obsession with shoes. Sometimes, they shared despair. They asked themselves -- and each other -- the difficult questions: Who am I inside all this weight? How much am I allowed to enjoy myself, and how much do I have to deny myself? What could I do if I were thin?
In Angry Fat Girls, Frances Kuffel shares their story, while musing on everything from Labrador retrievers as compulsive overeaters to screaming under water to how the queens of Chubby Chick Lit get it wrong. The result is a howling, honest, painful frolic through a year in the lives of five women as they diet and eat, lose and gain, exercise and survive injury -- and struggle to find their individual definition of freedom along the way.
Frances Kuffel is also the author of Passing for Thin, and has been profiled in Time, Salon, More, Chicago Sun-Times, and other media. She has made extensive radio and television appearances, including on CBS's The Early Show and Good Day Live, has been a guest columnist for the San Diego Reader, and has written and blogged for Psychology Today. Her short stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, the Massachusetts Review, Glimmer Train, the Greensboro Review, and Montana Women's Writers: A Geography of the Heart, and her poetry has appeared in the Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and Quarterly West. She holds an MFA from Cornell and lives in New York. (added by author)
Angry Fat Girls
"A wake-up call to anyone who believes that weight management is a quick and easy feat. It's not. And Kuffel's greatest gift is a blast of hopeful reality for any brave reader ready to take herself on and honest face her own food and weight demons."
- Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Medical Correspondent for Discovery Health Channel, and author of Fight Fat After Forty.
"Angry Fat Girls is about women, weight loss, body image, and what we did and did not learn growing up fat, and why losing weight -- and keeping it off -- is so hard. This is not Valerie Bertinelli in a bikini, promising that if she can do it, you can; this is about 'serial relapsers' and why my cat knows how to eat ice cream off a spook. This book is honest, true, and occasionally very funny."
- Cheryl Peck, author of Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs
Passing for Thin
"Inspiring...brazenly intimate...Offers a powerful rebuff to anyone who believes that people can't change."
- USA Today
"[Kuffel's] writing is as clear and sharp as broken glass...A glorious read."
- The New York Times
"A smart, sassy, offbeat, funny-sad account of what the author discovered about herself when she went from being a very fat woman to a normal-sized one."
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) (added by author)
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