“You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People (Unabridged)
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
AN INDIE BESTSELLER
“One of the great thinkers of our generation . . . I feel fresher and smarter and happier for sitting down with her.”—Jameela Jamil, iWeigh Podcast
The co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast and creator of Your Fat Friend equips you with the facts to debunk common anti-fat myths and with tools to take action for fat justice
The pushback that shows up in conversations about fat justice takes exceedingly predicable form. Losing weight is easy—calories in, calories out. Fat people are unhealthy. We’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Fat acceptance “glorifies obesity.” The BMI is an objective measure of size and health. Yet, these myths are as readily debunked as they are pervasive.
In “You Just Need to Lose Weight,” Aubrey Gordon equips readers with the facts and figures to reframe myths about fatness in order to dismantle the anti-fat bias ingrained in how we think about and treat fat people. Bringing her dozen years of community organizing and training to bear, Gordon shares the rhetorical approaches she and other organizers employ to not only counter these pernicious myths, but to dismantle the anti-fat bias that so often underpin them.
As conversations about fat acceptance and fat justice continue to grow, “You Just Need to Lose Weight” will be essential to ensure that those conversations are informed, effective, and grounded in both research and history.
Couldn’t Stop Listening
It was such a pleasure to hear the author’s words from the author herself. The book was compelling, persuasive, insightful and at times hilarious. As a fat person, I felt simultaneously seen and called in to explore the ways in which my politics can be more intersectional.
You just have to lose weight
It talks about problems that I have been having, with people, and problems with my weight.
Aubrey does it again!
In case you’re not in the know, after purchasing, but before reading, make sure you also purchase and read Gordon’s first book ‘What we don’t talk about when we talk about Fat.’ You might enjoy the growth and linkage between these two books as much as I do.
The structure and rhetoric of this book is phenomenal. I love the narration and especially appreciate the inflection as it is deeply, affectively evocative.
What an amazing resource to combat anti-fat bias. I will be picking up a physical copy so as to work through the writing/reflection prompts as soon as possible.
As a ‘small fat’ person, this book encourages me by giving me the tools to stand in solidarity with my very fat siblings.
Aubrey Gordon has out done herself. Cannot wait to see where she goes from here and you can bet on my supporting her work til the end of my days.