Fatlash: Food Police and the Fear of Thin--A Cautionary Tale

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Before she knew what a calorie was, Karen Kataline was allowed to have only five hundred of them. She was seven. Forced into the spotlight by her weight-obsessed mother, Kataline spent her childhood trapped in a world of pageants, performances, and perpetual hunger. In a subconscious attempt to cover herself, Kataline tells us her story of using food and weight-gain to shield herself from the eyes that roved her.

Amid heated controversy about the obesity epidemic, food ...

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Overview

Before she knew what a calorie was, Karen Kataline was allowed to have only five hundred of them. She was seven. Forced into the spotlight by her weight-obsessed mother, Kataline spent her childhood trapped in a world of pageants, performances, and perpetual hunger. In a subconscious attempt to cover herself, Kataline tells us her story of using food and weight-gain to shield herself from the eyes that roved her.

Amid heated controversy about the obesity epidemic, food regulation, and children who are put on display in child beauty pageants, Kataline's timely memoir Fatlash offers an unprecedented look at an adult survivor who finally came to an understanding about how her experiences affected her.

While Fatlash reads like fiction, this true story exposes the truth about a little girl who was forced into a world she didn't understand, where everyone dictated what she could and could not have. Now is the time to take action against this kind of food policing-and Kataline's story does just that.

Relevant to all readers, her timeless story will continue to serve as caution against what not to do for years to come.

*Sponsor's Choice Award Winner, National Indie Excellence Awards
*NIEA Awards also in Women's Issues, Addiction & Recovery
*Finalist, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards
*1st Place Evvy Award, Colorado Independent Publishers Association
*Five star review from Indie Reader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985967901
  • Publisher: K. M. Ette Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Author and speaker Karen Kataline received her master's degree from Columbia University and has practiced in a variety of non-profit and corporate settings. She has been an assertiveness trainer and public speaking coach for a Manhattan communications firm and has taught communications and public speaking at the New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design in New York, New Jersey's Montclair State College, and Fairleigh Dickenson University, among others. She also lends her operatic voice to a variety of fundraisers and community events. Fatlash! is her first book.

Praise for FATLASH!

"A brave story of how Karen moved past being a prized show-pony living her mother's dreams and having been sexualized at an early age."
-Nita W. LaFontaine, the first Miss Louisiana who was black; author, Finding My Voice: Living with the Loss of Don LaFontaine

"Informative, funny, and personal . . . Do yourself a favor and get this book. It might lead you to make a new friend-your own body."
-Laurelee Roark, cofounder, Beyond Hunger

"Karen puts a human face on food restriction and gives a powerful example of what not to do."
-Bernard J. Baars, PhD, coauthor,
Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness, 2nd Ed.

"Fatlash! is a beautifully written, witty, and boldly personal perspective."
-Julie Gunlock, senior fellow, Independent Women's Forum

"Reads like fiction . . . Highly recommended."
-Tamara Pryor, PhD, and Christina N. Bokenkamp, LPC, Eating Disorder Center of Denver

"Karen's story sheds new light on an area which is in tremendous need of greater understanding."
-Marilyn Van Derbur Atler, author, Miss America by Day

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