The Fat Girls Guide to Life

The Fat Girls Guide to Life

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by Wendy Shanker
     
 

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Vibrant, vivacious, and gorgeous, Wendy Shanker is a fat girl who has simply had enough-enough of family, friends, co-workers, womens magazines, even strangers on the street all trying (and failing) to make her thin. Written in Wendys wonderfully funny and candid voice, The Fat Girls Guide to Life provides thought-provoking insights, statistics, and body-image

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Vibrant, vivacious, and gorgeous, Wendy Shanker is a fat girl who has simply had enough-enough of family, friends, co-workers, womens magazines, even strangers on the street all trying (and failing) to make her thin. Written in Wendys wonderfully funny and candid voice, The Fat Girls Guide to Life provides thought-provoking insights, statistics, and body-image resources intended to restore a realistic standard of beauty and self-acceptance to the 68 percent of American women who wear a size 12 or larger. The Fat Girls Guide to Life invites you to step off the scale and weigh the issues for yourself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This send-up of the thin-is-in mentality is funny enough to make even diehard dieters consider replacing their baby carrots with Krispy Kremes. Shanker, one of Us Weekly's Fashion Police commentators and a self-proclaimed fat girl, estimates she's spent 16 years trying to lose weight: "I've met with seven weight loss specialists, worked with three nutritionists and three personal trainers, tried a dozen weight loss programs, taken thousands of pills, joined six gyms, read thirty-one books and spent enough money on weight loss to buy myself an Ivy League degree." Out of this context, Shanker takes on the media, corporate America and even the medical establishment, arguing with their belief that it's impossible to be both fit and fat. "Let's take the focus off `fat' and put it on health," she lectures. "Let's take the focus off `skinny' and put it on good common sense. Let's take the focus off body image and put it on education, women's rights, human rights, the economy, baseball cards, anything." Although Shanker's opinions on full-figured fashion and feminist philosophy are entertaining, she's at her best writing about her stint at Duke Diet and Fitness Center, one of the country's oldest and most successful weight management centers. As her optimism about the hardcore Duke University Medical School program flags, her diary of adventures becomes increasingly irreverent, refreshing and human. Anyone who has ever tried to lose a pound will gain confidence and a sense of humor from Shanker's story. (Apr. 17) Forecast: Shanker writes a humor column for Grace magazine, and her readers will probably want to buy her book. Author appearances in New York will further round out sales. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
Praise for Wendy Shanker:

"A woman to watch: fierce, funny, media-savvy."-Ms.

"Gut-busting."-Entertainment Weekly

"Wicked."-Newsweek

"A bubbly diva."-Harper's Bazaar

Allure
"Jagged little pills of body-image wisdom."
Emme
"Put on your seatbelt and enjoy the fun-filled, wacky ride!"
Chicago Sun-Times
"This frank and funny look at living large in America will resonate with any woman who has obsessed over her body image."
Eve Ensler
"Funny, feminist, fat, friendly, and fierce. It's food, it's fulfilling."
Bust Magazine
"Shanker's humor hits its mark."
Us Weekly
"This bold, brainy book debunks obesity myths, examines society's prejudices and tells heavy gals they can be fat, fit and fabulous!"
Jennifer Weiner
"The Fat Girl's Guide to Life is chicken soup for the big girl's soul."
Bust magazine
"Shanker's humor hits its mark."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596919075
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
397,266
File size:
874 KB

Meet the Author

Wendy Shanker is one of Us Weeklys Fashion Police and was the resident humor columnist for Grace Woman magazine. Shes appeared on Oxygen, Lifetime, VH1, CNN, The View, and The Ricki Lake Show, and has written for Glamour, Self, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and MTV. She lives in New York.
Wendy Shanker is one of Us Weeklys Fashion Police and was the resident humour columnist for Grace Woman magazine. She has appeared on Lifetime, VH1, MSNBC and the Ricki Lake Show, and has hosted a style and shopping show on the Oxygen network. A contributor to The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order and Body Outlaws: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity, Wendy has also written for Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Seventeen and MTV. This is her first book.

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Fat Girl's Guide to Life 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read her book right out in the open where people could see me, and to my surprise no one noticed. I pointed it out to people; and enjoyed their shock. There, that's better. I laughed with Wendy, cried, flagged the book in different colors, highlighted and underlined. I've been a size 13, and I've been size 34. Women need this book no matter what size they are. I'm going to give a new copy to my daughter as soon as I read it again. This book will be on my shelves forever. If you are 3/4 oz. overweight...READ THIS BOOK, IT WILL PICK YOU UP AND SHAKE YOU. I was exhausted when I finished, and as you know well, those are the best books of all. PBarrigher, Age 43 3/4 (African-American) Thanks for mentioning us, Wendy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being chubby my whole life bothered me until I read this book. It teaches that being fat is just one physical thing about you and that's it. It is such a great book! Makes you feel great about yourself- fat or thin. A must have for your bookshelf!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shanker has a wonderful,humourous writer's voice who tells it like it is... Boy is that refreshing for 65 million women who are - hmm, plus-size!! I have been a size 12 and a 22 and I loved reading this book (even on the bike at the gym!) She points out, with great personal anecdotes on living your life in your body and being your fab self - not based by your size! (As long as you keep it in perspective!) Wow, I laughed till I cried, and smiled wryly just as much ..This is the best new book on how to feel good about yourself no matter what size! And it's delivered with a sense of humour ladies! Thanks Wendy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you do nothing else today, BUY THIS BOOK! Shanker's flair for telling it like it is -- the painful, the pretty and everything in between -- is unparalleled. Fat or thin, if you've ever felt like you weren't good enough, smart enough, sexy enough, clever enough -- or just plain ENOUGH! -- then this book will help you make peace. Warm, witty -- this book breaks the mold of 'body lit' books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is in the same vein as the much funnier 'The Big Girls' Guide to Life' by hilarious humorist Bunkie Lynn. Any book that puts weight and size in perspective is great, but this is a little too sappy for my taste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is HILARIOUS!!! If you've ever had to figure out how much cardio it would take to work off the entire box of snackwells you accidentally ate while watching America's Top Model, you will love this book. It takes a cold hard look at how we, especially as women, are manipulated by the diet industry to hate ourselves and give them money. I'm done being guilty and broke because of it. I've been a size 2 and a size 16, and this book applies to everyone and every size. Fat is just a state of mind, and I say 'Wendy Shanker for Governor!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fat woman, I sympathize with Wendy's dieting history. However, I think this book is geared to the size 12-20 chick lit crowd, the 'it's okay to be fat if you eat right and exercise' Dignity and respect should be for all sizes and should not focus on what a person eats. Still, I'm glad to see another size acceptance book out there. We need more, a lot more.