Title: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living
Author: Jes Baker aka The Militant Baker
In brief: A body-positivity missive that advocates for accepting and loving our bodies as they currently are
Good for: Recovery – focus on body image
I like to refer clients to first-person narratives when they’re working on body image themes in our nutrition work, especially when they’re struggling with the belief that they’re allowed to eat the foods they want without shame or compensation, and Jes Baker’s is one I’ll add to the list of recommended titles. It’s not one I’d recommend if you’re super new to this exploration process, but it’s worth reading if you’re ready for it. It’s good for women who are starting to embrace recovery and body acceptance but have reservations about whether these ideas are truly possible or if there are actually women out there who live these philosophies in real life. Jes Baker’s approach is radical acceptance of fat bodies. She states weight loss isn’t a prerequisite to health or happiness, saying, “we aren’t ever told that our bodies are OK just the way they are. Right now.” The idea is that the way we view our bodies impacts the way we participate in the world, and people don’t need to lose weight before they have positive experiences in life.