FAT!SO? : Because You Don't Have to Apologize for Your Size

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Fat? Chunky? Less than svelte? So what! In this hilarious and eye-opening book, fat and proud activist/zinester Marilyn Wann takes on Americas' biggest fear—worse than the fear of public speaking or nuclear weapons—our fear of fat.Statistics tell us that about a third of Americans are fat, and common sense adds that just about everyone, fat or thin, male or female, has worried about their appearance. FAT!SO? weighs in with a more attractive alternative: feeling good about yourself at any weight—and having the style and attitude to back it up. Internationally recognized as a fat-positive spokesperson, Wann has learned that you can be absolutely happy, healthy, and successful...and fat. With its hilarious and insightful blend of essays, quizzes, facts, and reporting, FAT!SO? proves that you can be out-and-out fabulous at any size.

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Marilyn Wann is a fat activist, author, and weight diversity speaker. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in linguistics from Stanford University. In 1994, she started the print zine FAT!SO?, which was nominated for an Utne Reader zine award. She later published the FAT!SO? book, which was named an American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers. Wann has been giving weight diversity talks since 1995 and has been invited to speak all over the US and in Canada, Mexico, and Iceland. In 2005 she received the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Individual Service Award. Wann has been a board member of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and an advisory board member for the Health at Every Size journal. She is currently an editorial board member for the Fat Studies Journal.

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YA-The pervasiveness and dangers of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders are undeniable; recent articles on the subject have appeared in periodicals ranging from People to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Wann, a 5'4", 275-pound Californian, states unequivocally that America needs an attitude adjustment. Fear of fat, she says, supports a $40 billion a year diet industry, destroys both relationships and self-esteem, and engenders "loathing on a national level." Her revolutionary idea? Eat right, exercise, and stop worrying about weight. Being thin doesn't automatically equate with either health or happiness, the author reminds readers. She includes information from physicians, health experts, and medical journals to support her assertion that fitness contributes more to longevity than the "the f-word." The book, named after her Web site and her zine, is an engaging blend of fact and humor. Charts, graphics, photos ("visual counterpropaganda"), testimonials, quotes, ideas for sassy comebacks, and much more can help teens of all sizes reevaluate their view of the "flabulous." Fat! So? is irreverent and thought provoking, informative and fun.
Dori DeSpain, Herndon Fortnightly Library, Fairfax County, VA
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