Lessons from a Salad Bar. I had to have the AC in my car worked on today so while the car was in the shop I went to a local salad bar to have. Book Review: “Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere” by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby I picked it up at Barnes and Nobles, in the Diet section. But Harding and Kirby, the leading bloggers in the “fatosphere,” the online Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce.

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Are you tired of trying to navigate a media that conflates losing weight with gaining health, even while promoting weight loss through unhealthy means pills, extreme diets, etc? The recurring basic theme is that there’s no morality inherent in one’s weight, eating habits, exercise habits, etc; that is to say, you’re not “bad” or “good” based on what you eat, how often you work out, or what you weigh, and there are no virtuous or sinful foods.

We need to learn to accept bodies of all sizes and get over it!

The data present no compelling evidence to support the generally accepted notion that a weight-loss approach will prolong life. The fourth part is about avoiding negativity.

They also repeat points a lot. A Study in Happiness:. Full of information that I already know about fat acceptance but frkm in such a fun, kick-ass fashion that I’m reading it all the time. It’s not that there isn’t stuff in here for everybody, regardless of gender, but there’s still a lot of “we women” messages.


AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. There are many resources and links in the back of the book. When it comes to body image, women lessond be their own worst enemies, aided and abetted by society and the media.

Fatosphere and Beyond: Wrong-Headed Thinking of Dieting Advocates

Other sections on the book are about mental health, particularly depression, finding a body positive physician I really need to do thisfatosphrre over exercise and the scaleSocializing surrounding yourself with positive people and partners, finding fatospherre and things to help you focus on other things, stop judging other women. Nor does it support the common belief that anyone can lose weight and keep it off through diet, exercise and willpower.

May 30, Katie rated it it was ok. Sep 25, pianogal rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t think I can honestly give that up as a goal. Finally, I love the message that you shouldn’t give up exercising just because you’re not getting any thinner; some of the best ffatosphere out of the house, feeling more energetic, having long talks with my son while walking–have nothing to do with weight!

Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere

The writing is witty, direct, and insightful; never do you feel that the authors are being less than honest with you or that they are blowing smoke in your direction. My major complaint is that they talked like they were writing a blog, which is great if you’re, you fatospbere, writing a blog, but I when I’m reading a book I need and expect arguments to be a little more rigorous.


Ninety freakin I am crazy in love with this book. The work is just as hard, but man it feels so much nicer.

Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body by Kate Harding

Refresh and try again. The recurring basic theme is that there’s no morality inherent in one’s weight, eating habits, exercise habits, etc; that is to say, form not “bad” or “good” b I read a lot of self-help books – I mean, A LOT. Share your thoughts with other customers. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

From quotes compiled on the blog Living lbs:. You are a person. I wish this book had been around when I was in high school. Paperbackpages. For example, I hated that they would spend several pages going off about how most diet research doesn’t do a long enough follow up truebut then quote from research supporting their point on a different topic that only had a 2 year follow up.

Harding and Kirby are fun, engaging writers who have farosphere a book with a message that isn’t heard often enough. 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.

Finding exercise I enjoy seems like a good idea. About Kate Harding Kate Harding is an accomplished writer. At this point, I decided I wasn’t dieting anymore.