Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FAT GIRL by Susan Bodiker

Publisher:    Publish Green
Published:   January 13, 2015
ISBN:     B00S8REA9O
Genre:    Non-fiction, Health
Format:  Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher – Via Edelweiss
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


In a biographical account Susan Bodiker shares her journey toward health and coming to terms with her personal history, mainly that of how her mother created havoc and a horrific self-image for most of her life.  At 45 pages it is a quick read yet for its brevity Bodiker offers up a few worthwhile gems.  Conversely, the shortness of the book struck me as a good thing because I’m not much for pity parties and much of Bodiker’s story, while painful, kept me from getting involved in those truly worthwhile gems.  Her other wasn’t a very nice person.  Not quite up to the level of how Sybil’s mother was, but she sounded pretty close.  It is telling that only as an adult did Bodiker’s father take any of the blame for the things that happened to her and why she ended up fat. 

Among the gems I found in the book were her statement to “Make meals a celebration not a battle” and “be the mother you wish you had” and “give yourself permission to follow your bliss.”

FAT GIRL is not really a diet book or one to truly help you lose weight.  It seems more like a cathartic experience that helped Bodiker resolve her own emotional issues which led to her weight loss.  If you are looking for one that tells you eat certain foods or an actual weight loss plan, this is not the one for you.  If you want to read about one woman’s struggle to come to terms with a b**ch of a mother and how she moved on with her life, it’s a good bet.

This is an objective review and an endorsement of this book.

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