Bad Fat Person: A Reflection on Plus-Size Bodies in a Cookie-Cutter Culture

Bad Fat Person: A Reflection on Plus-Size Bodies in a Cookie-Cutter Culture

by Ali Owens


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Too many of us have forgotten that hating our bodies is a learned behavior, not a natural one. Too many of us have been shamed into submission, leaping from one diet to the next and causing ourselves physical and emotional damage as a result. Too many plus-size folks have spent our lives being Good Fat People - that is, following a strict set of rules to ensure we are always trying to take up less space in the world.

What if we could be Bad Fat People instead? What if we could wear what we wanted, dare to be seen, recognize ourselves as inherently worthy, and - most importantly - love ourselves just the way we are?

In this sharp, witty, and starkly honest work, Ali Owens gets real about our cultural obsession with thinness by exploring its oppressive roots and challenging commonly held stereotypes about fatness and fat people. She dissects her own internalized shame and shares her experiences of living in a body that has been very thin, very fat, and everything in between. Most importantly, she presents a set of tools - the tools she used to finally move from a place of self-hatred to unconditional self-love, dress size notwithstanding.

Part memoir and part social commentary, Bad Fat Person will make you laugh, make you cry, and provide practical applications for dismantling your own limiting beliefs about your body and embarking on the journey toward unconditional self-love. (Hint: the number on the scale has nothing to do with it.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733551205
Publisher: Boundless Media
Publication date: 01/28/2019
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ali Owens is a writer, motivational speaker, and Empowerment Strategist with a passion for inspiring others to break free of limiting belief systems and create authentic and fulfilling lives. Her editorials have been featured by The Huffington Post and other notable publications. Bad Fat Person is her first book.

Ali lives in the vibrant community of Fort Collins, Colorado, where she enjoys singing, sipping tea, socializing with friends and family, and finding new hobbies she probably doesn't have time for.

She can be found online at

Table of Contents

Author’s Note

  1. Hello, I Am Fat
  2. Good Fat People & Bad Fat People
  3. The F-Word
  4. How Did We Get Here?
  5. Stigma & Shame
  6. Bodies & the Patriarchy
  7. The Story of My Body
  8. The Self-Love Revolution
  9. Love Thyself: A How-To Guide
  10. Things You Should Know

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