Book review: Fat girl

May 8, 2015


Fat Girl: how to let go of your weight
Susan Bodiker
45 pages
ARC through Netgalley

From the Publisher:
When you look in the mirror what do you see? 

If you’re like most of us, it’s not the accomplished woman you’ve become but the fat girl you used to be. Susan Bodiker takes us behind the (un)fun-house mirror and explores how our childhood struggles with weight and body image eat away at our adult self-esteem and keep us from engaging confidently in the world—at school, at work and with others. 

With a little bit of snark and a lot of heart, she shares her own story of self-healing and reinvention, offering common-sense ways to: change the way you think about food, your body and yourself; find more satisfying ways to nourish your body and mind and give yourself the rewarding life you yearn for–and deserve. 

A former fat girl herself, Susan helps you benefit from her experience so you can finally let go of your weight and get on with your life.

So I keep telling myself that I am okay with the fact that I started running  to lose weight and a year later I still haven’t lost any of the weight. I know…I should just be pretty happy with the fact that I can run.  I tell myself that all the time.  I am okay with this.  But then I see books like this on Net Galley and I am drawn to them.  And health and dieting books.  It’s totally just a phase I was going through for a week or two.

I got a free copy of this book on NetGalley.  It’s a very short ebook that was easy to sit down and read in one sitting.  I was really thinking I might enjoy this book.  I was thinking it might help me feel a little bit better that I haven’t lost any of the weight from running.  

I wasn’t really a huge fan of this book.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my thing.  I didn’t grow up in a house where my mom said I looked fat in anything.  I don’t have any memories like that at all. I suppose I should count my blessings. I felt that there was a lot of blaming in this book, and then her coming to terms with it and then finding out how to be happy.  I just wish there more of the later.

I wish there would have been more to the healing part, how to feel better about your body and your weight.  I would have loved to read more about that.

The author of this book does have a good website that I love.  It’s about empowering girls and women to love their bodies.  I do enjoy her blog. (  I think it’s so important to teach young girls, our daughters and young women to love their bodies and be proud of all different shapes and sizes.

I would not say this was a bad book, just not the book I was hoping for either. But at the same time, it’s probably hard to wrap up what I am looking for in 45 pages.  It’s something that easy enough to pick up and a fast read if you are interested in reading it. It’s not one that I don’t recommend, but not one that I would think of first to recommend either.
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