In Big Fit Girl, Louise Green describes how the fitness industry fails to meet the needs of plus-size women and thus prevents them from improving their health and fitness. By telling her own story of how she stopped dieting, got off the couch, and unleashed her inner athlete—as well as showcasing similar stories from other women—Green inspires other plus-size women to do the same.
Green also provides concrete advice, based on the latest research, about how to get started, how to establish a support team, how to choose an activity, what kind of clothing and gear work best for the plus-size athlete, how to set goals, and how to improve one’s relationship with food. And she stresses the importance of paying it forward—for it is only by seeing plus-size women in leadership roles that other plus-size women will be motivated to stop trying to lose weight and get fit instead.
Green, an athlete and personal trainer who founded a plus-size fitness boot camp, has written an inspiring and useful book for women who see their size as an impediment to getting fit and healthy. Part memoir, part self-help guide, Green relays her own story of unhealthy years spent hating her body and making promises to change that she couldn't keep until she figured out how to accept and love her shape. She realized she could be both big and athletic. Green encourages women to embrace their bodies whatever their shape and to get started working out and achieving their fitness goals just as she did. She argues that the fitness industry fails women of size by neither creating apparel to fit their figures nor providing a safe, nurturing environment where they can begin to achieve their athletic goals. She offers advice on realistic goal setting, positive thinking, and surrounding oneself with a supportive team. Start now, she advises, and don't wait for "plus-size ambassadors" at the gym. This is an important rallying cry for big women to step forward, get noticed, and prove that they don't have to be thin to succeed athletically or in any other way.