Resources (Educate Yourself!)

Consumed: why Americans Love, Hate, and Fear Food (Michelle Stacey)

The Body Image Trap (Marion Crook)

Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as social problems (Jeffery Sobal and Donna Maurer eds)

Intuitive Eating (Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch)

Life Inside the ‘thin’ Cage (Constance Rhodes)

Fat: It’s not what you think (Connie Leas)

Fat Studies in the UK (Corinna Tomrley and Ann Kaloski Naylor eds)

The Hungry Gene (Ellen Ruppel Shell)

Rethinking Thin (Kolata)

Never Satisifed: A cultural history of diets, fantasies and fat (Hillel Schwartz)

Hunger Pains: The modern woman’s tragic quest for thinness (Mary Pipher Ph.D)

When women stop hating their bodies (Jane R Hirschmann & Carol H Munter)

What are you looking at? The first fat fiction anthology

Am I thin enough yet? (Sharlene Hesse-Biber)

The dieter’s dilemma: the scientific case against dieting as a means of weight control (William Bennett & Joel Gurin)

Nothing to lose (Cheri K Erdman)

Fat and furious (Judi Hollis PhD)

Fat Talk (Nichter)

Eat Fat (Richard Klein)

The Obesity Myth (Campos)

Sizeable Reflections (Shelley Bovey ed)

Self Esteem comes in all sizes (Carol A Johnson)

Diet Nation: Exposing the obesity crusade (Patrick Basham, Gio Gori & John Luik)

Fat! So? (Marilyn Wann)

Such a pretty face: being fat in America (Marcia Millman)

Big Fat Lies (Glenn A Gaesser PhD)

Sociology of Sport Journal: the social construction of fat

Body Wars: an activist’s guide (Margo Maine Ph.D)

Scoot over Skinny Fat nonfiction anthology

I’m not the new me (McClure)

Fat Shame Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture (Amy Erdman Farrell)

Losing It: false hopes and fat profits in the diet industry (Laura Fraser)

Never too thin: why women are at war with their bodies (Roberta Pollack Seid Phd)

Screw Inner Beauty: Lessons from the Fatosphere (Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby)

Hunger: an unnatural history (Sharman Apt Russell)

Obesity (Alexandra A Brewis)

The Cult of Thinness (Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber)

Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Love, Life and Fashion (Virgie Tovar ed)

Appetite for Profit (Michele Simon)

Good girls don’t eat dessert (Meadow and Weiss)

The fat girl’s guide to life (Shanker)

Otherwise perfect (Mary S Stuart and Lynnzy Orr)

Fat: the anthropology of an obsession (Don Kulick and Anne Menely)

The Obsession (Kim Chernin)

Fat History (Peter N Stearns)

Fat Rights (Anna Kirkland)

Education, Disordered Eating and Obesity Discourse – Fat Fabrications (John Evans, Emma Rich, Brian Davies & Rachel Allwood)

Fat Politics  (J Eric Oliver)

The Forbidden Body (Shelley Bovey)

If not dieting, then what? (Dr Rick Kausman)

Big Fat Manifesto (Susan Vaught)

The Big Fat Health and Fitness Lie (Craig Pepin-Donat)

Journey’s to self: Fat women speak (Carol Wiley ed)

Bodies out of bounds: fatness and transgression (Jana Evens Braziel and Kathleen LeBesco)

Confessing Excess: women and the politics of body reduction (Carole Spitzack)

Full Lives (Lindsey Hall ed)

The Obesity Epidemic: science, morality and ideology (Michael Gard and Jan Wright)

Women Afraid to Eat (Frances M Berg)

Tipping the Scales of Justice: fighting weight based discrimination (Sondra Solovay)

Food, morals and meaning (John Coveney)

The Invisible Women (W Charisse Goodman)

The Fat Studies Reader (Esther Rothblum & Sondra Solovay)

Two Whole Cakes (Lesley Kinzel)

Acceptable Prejudice? (Lonie McMichael Ph. D)

Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight (Linda Bacon Ph.D)

*Note – I also did a blog post listing some online resources a while back.  You’ll find it HERE.

15 comments on “Resources (Educate Yourself!)

  • Yay! I’m so very grateful that you’ve created this list. Many of these are on my shelf already and some will be added to my wish list.

    I’d love to see Shadow on a Tightrope included.

    I’m sad to see: The fat girl’s guide to life (Shanker) on there. She advocates smoking for weight maintenance and laments phen phen being pulled off the market because it helped her lose weight (who cares that it was killing people, amirite?!). I’m guessing Fat is a Feminist Issue isn’t on there because it is problematic. Shanker’s book is too.

  • I love this list! I’m going to slowly work through it. I would also recommend “The Wellness Syndrome” by Cederstrom and Spicer. Have a great one!

  • That’s quite an extensive list you have there, but it’s all pretty one-sided. No one should be body shamed for any reason, but fat should never be celebrated, as it encourages u healthy choices. Here in the Netherlands, we try to encourage healthy lifestyles (there’s more to Netherlands than just Amsterdam!!!) without trying to shame or justify obesity

    • How arrogant and ignorant are you, to turn up here and DECLARE that this extensive list, which I am pretty sure you have not read a single title of, is one sided, and then spout bullshit that you’ve got from what, Jenny Craig or some tabloid newspaper, as though it is fact. Where is your list of academic titles on the subject of fat embodiment that YOU have read? How many years have YOU been studying and working on the topic of fat bodies?

      You turn up here, some random nobody who clearly has absolutely no academic or lived expertise, and tell me that something I’ve been studying for 8 years, and that all of these academics and authors have spent decades researching and writing about is all wrong “because you’re from the Netherlands and you say so.”

      You’re nobody. A two second Google of your name brings up NOTHING. And yet you post this bullshit above as if you’re some kind of expert.

      Go and read at least half of the books on this list. THEN you might have enough knowledge to form an opinion – and only that, a mere opinion, which any dolt can form after reading a few things, not any expert knowledge or authority.

      Until then, I’ll be over here celebrating the fact that my GLORIOUS fat arse has at least got some expertise in this topic that I can cite to arrogant, ignorant time wasters like you.

      • I was going through your blog (really inspirational, I must say). And I’ve worked my way through a couple of the titles you provided, again, great reads.

        As a nurse I would love to recommend a book titled “Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity”
        It gives an insight to the other side of this situation.

        But I think the original commenter really had the best intentions in their comment. In my opinion they weren’t trying to attack you, and neither am I.

        • There is no “other side to the situation” when it comes to human rights. ALL people, including those of us who are fat, have the same fundamental human rights (despite them being stripped from us by the privileged), and there is no “other side” to that. Any argument that claims to be the “other side” of the fight for fat people to live their lives in dignity and respect with the same rights as any other human being is bigotry and ignorance.

          And I don’t care about your “opinion” on other commenters. This is my blog, my space. Not yours.

          • I really wasn’t trying to be combative or offensive to you- I was just trying to accommodate the first commenter. And give a book on the “health” side of it. I was really only trying to contribute- not start an argument.

            No there isn’t any other side of human rights- fat, skinny, average- we are all entitled to be treated equally

  • Dear Kath
    I just watched the episode of ‘You Can’t Ask That’ and was so inspired by the way you spoke. I have struggled with this issue my entire life and for the first time I don’t feel like I need to apologise anymore for who I am. Just wanted to say thank you. I will be reading your blog on a regular basis!

  • I’m on a quest to read fat fiction and non-fiction and review it over at my blog. I’m looking for positive representations that don’t include weight loss. I started with 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl–HUGE MISTAKE. What a horrible, triggering, depressing book. I’m writing a scathing review today. One book you may not have read because it comes from a smaller press (Fiction Collective 2) but is an AWESOME representation of a big woman is Fat Girl, Terrestrial by Kellie Wells. The main character is almost god-like.

    Also, I love the fat fiction and fat nonfiction anthologies by Jarrell and Sukrungruang, but I CANNOT get the nonfiction piece about the therapist who didn’t like his client because she’s fat out of my head. I wish I hadn’t read that one. It made me very distrusting.

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