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Am I Fat?

Aronowitz, Abby

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ISBN 10: 0970371306 / ISBN 13: 9780970371300
Published by Single Star Pr, 2000
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Title: Am I Fat?

Publisher: Single Star Pr

Publication Date: 2000

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 9th.

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"Am I Fat?" explores why most girls and women think they're fat, in an easily read, witty and wise text. Practical sugestions for "normal" eating are offered, along with advice about how to accept the resultant normal sized body. Self acceptance and self esteem are given particular attention, since without them, pervasive dieting in our culture will continue. Girls and women want to feel confident, and have been taught that being thin is the ticket. Research regarding how to achieve ongoing self esteem and happiness is discussed, which will hopefully replace temporary quick fixes resulting from being on diets. Sex is discussed in detail, since society has promoted the message that "thin" is sexy. I debunk this myth and openly discuss how to be sexy, regardless of body type. It's time to derive pleasure from our bodies, instead of punishing them with hateful judgments and weird diets. The pervasive theme is "getting back to nature", which entails a move towards natural foods and listening to bodily signals. I also discuss how to manage sweets effectively, since so many women crave them. This system improves upon "feminist" suggestions of allowing people to eat what they want, by offering guidelines to prevent total abandon and bingeing.

From the Author:

"Am I Fat?" resulted from professional and personal struggles with weight management. After treating so many people plagued with weight concerns, I became frustrated by societal pressure for females to look thin. Patients' failed efforts to maintain weight losses were terribly discouraging. It became apparent that change must occur culturally, by embracing diverse body sizes. We must learn to be normal around food, and accept our resultant weights. Personally, I don't love my size, but understand that it's my natural weight, which is maintained by eating normally and not struggling with diets. I have learned not to dwell on it excessively, and instead, decorate it beautifully and put forth a confident image. These qualities are very attractive, and far easier to maintain than an artificially low weight. My childhood was dominated by an illness called "celiac", an inability to digest sugars and starches. I was unable to eat cookies, candy, cake, fruit, pasta, bread, etc. It was a life of deprivation, sometimes compounded by a "diet", since I was still a bit chunky. After growing out of this illness, sweets became very attractive, and I had a lot of lost time to make up for! My cousin gave me "Fat Is A Feminist Issue" to read, which began my journey to find a better way. I want to share what I've learned through feminist discussions, scholarly research, and personal experience: how to live a relatively healthy lifestyle, and not be miserable with the results. It's a gift of inner peace.

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