About The Book

Yay! That’s me, at a reading I did at Barnes & Noble at Monmouth Mall in New Jersey! (God, I love that dress. Makes me feel like I just stepped out of the gone-but-not-forgotten Showtime series, Carnivale.)

Hey there!  Thanks for your interest in my body image and fat acceptance memoir, Read My Hips: How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting, and Live Large.  It was published in May 2011 by Three Rivers Press, an imprint of Crown/Random House.

If you have any questions about Read My Hips that this site doesn’t answer, feel free to give me a shout.

In the meantime, my publisher wrote up this darn good description of the book:

About Read My Hips

Kim Brittingham struggled for years with her weight and body image before she learned how to love her self unconditionally, find her confidence, and fully enjoy her life. In her unflinching, humorous, and uplifting memoir, she openly explores her complex relationships with food and dieting, sex and dating, and exercise and health, ultimately inspiring every woman to live life to the absolute fullest, no matter what your jeans size.

READ MY HIPS: How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting and Live Large (May 2011, Three Rivers Press) is Brittingham’s first published memoir.  In it, she shares many body-image focused anecdotes from her life, including:

– Creating a fake book titled, FAT IS CONTAGIOUS: How Sitting Next to a Fat Person Can Make YOU Fat, and then carrying it openly on the buses of New York City – as a social experiment.

– Her experience starring in a pilot video series for NBC Universal.

– Her experiences with the plus size clothing industry which often shames and disrespects their target customers by refusing to show their product on size-appropriate models, and foregoing quality details.  She also discovered while working at a glossy fashion magazine for plus sizes, that some advertisers did not want to be affiliated with fat women.  The cosmetic company Shiseido refused to advertise in the magazine because they didn’t want fat women being seen at their cosmetic counters.

– Her experience working at a national weight loss center chain which put profit ahead of health and encouraged clients to put off living their dreams until they got thin.

– Photographing herself in her underwear and how it helped her to learn to love and appreciate her body.

– How a story about Marilyn Monroe’s ability to attract attention in disguise just by altering her walk inspired Kim to do a similar experiment on the streets of Philadelphia. She learned that the way a woman carries herself makes all the difference in the way she’s perceived by others — regardless of her weight.

Brittingham wrote READ MY HIPS while working as a patent prosecution legal assistant in New York City.  She wrote it in 45-minute increments on her lunch hour, on a second-hand laptop in the office lunch room.

Brittingham is a supporter of the HAES (Health at Every Size) movement, maintains an anti-diet stance, and promotes body positivity.

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