Approved Quotes

“Women get boob jobs to give themselves a certain edge. Frankly, I don’t see why they nearly kill themselves trying to diet off their equally bulbous hips.”

“Eating – overeating – saved me. It comforted me when I was at the mercy of grown-ups who didn’t know how to give what I needed. Food was something to which I had ready access, and with it I cleverly fashioned a survival mechanism that pulled me back from the edge of insanity. – a young MacGuyver of angst and junk food.”

“Every weight loss program, no matter how positively it’s packaged, whispers to you that you’re not right. You’re not good enough. You’re unacceptable and you need to be fixed.”

“I wrote this book because I can’t consult with my younger self. The best I can do is tell my own story, and hope that anyone currently romping with the devil of body hatred, scale-watching, fat phobia or dieting will finally wake up from that wasteful nightmare.”

“Before I came to accept and even love my own body, I used to wear jeans and boatneck tunics with three-quarter-length sleeves in summertime, to hide my sausage-like upper arms and flabby elbows. I was keeping my fat to myself, sparing the public of my hideousness. Just as ‘The Elephant Man’ John Merrick wore a burlap sack over his head when walking the streets of London. To me, it was a simple matter of courtesy.”

“Today, I can look in the mirror and regardless of the shape, size, weight, or texture of my body, I can see myself exactly as I really am and still feel motivated to build a life of greatness around that body. I don’t feel like there’s a crucial piece missing – that piece being ‘thinness’.”

“I accept my body and try to be as healthy and happy as possible while fat. Hey, maybe some of my healthy habits will result in weight loss anyway, but that’ll just be another naturally occurring change like any other. Like muscles forming in response to a repeated activity. Like graying hairs. Like beginning to menstruate, or stopping. I will not be watching the scale.”

“Whenever I was on a diet, I’d daydream about some forbidden food. I felt myself dissipating on a cellular level and becoming one with the food. The tiny molecules that, somewhere on the planet, were gathering to form a slice of whole wheat toast, were zooming through space and time to meld with me.”

“We survey lush landscapes with variations not dissimilar to a so-called ‘imperfect’ female body and consider them pleasant to look at — say, an expanse of Irish countryside with grassy rolling hills. But is it really so much uglier when it’s made of flesh instead of earth?”

“In the 1990s, I worked as a weight loss counselor for a national chain of weight loss centers. It made me sad to know that so many of my clients didn’t see how wonderful and complete they already were. They moved through life as ‘too-fat’ people. People too fat to be anything but fat people, until they were thin people, and then they’d begin to live. When the scale gave them the thumbs-up, they’d claim their identity. Until then, the only dream they entitled themselves to was the dream of being thinner.”

“Trimming my arm skin is not an option. My arms look and feel just like my grandmother’s did when she was alive, and it would break my heart to get rid of something that reminds me so much of her — the only warm, living-flesh representation I still have of her.”

“When all the health excuses are shot to hell, you’re left with a longing to be attractive, and to make your friends wish they were hot like you. Let’s at least be honest about it and stop pretending so many of these extreme workouts are for the sake of longevity.”

“By suggesting that anything less than ‘this much’ exercise is a waste of time, trainers are being uncaring, unprofessional, and dismissive. Without saying it explicitly, they’re telling us that anyone not fit enough to do ‘this much’ right off the bat is not worth helping at all. It’s like they’re advocating letting the unfit die off, until no one but a superfit Master Race remains.”

“Raising decent human beings, regardless of whether or not they look like the ‘after’ pictures in a Xenadrine commercial, is a worthwhile pursuit.”

“As a teenager, I understood on some level that there was virtually no difference between acting beautiful and appearing truly beautiful, as far as other peoples’ perceptions were concerned. At the time, it seemed to me most people could look at a girl who was an absolute dog, and if she acted like she was Heather Locklear, they totally bought it.”

“The promise of weight loss is linked to every possible product as a selling point. If advertisers could convince you that curtains would help you lose weight, they’d try it.”

“We live in a culture where the phrase ‘lose weight’ causes a Pavlovian response in almost anyone born with a vagina.”

“Come on – how tissue-thin does your mental constitution have to be, to be unable to tolerate looking at a fat person? Are your sensibilities really that delicate? Are you really that easily offended by a human body that just happens to be larger than yours, and its flesh maybe more slack and textured than your own? Pull yourself together!”

“Really, do you think ‘Sex and The City’ would have been as wildly successful if Carrie Bradshaw loved cheeseburgers instead of shoes?”

“I actually feel embarrassed for mean people. Their perception of the world around them is crude. They’re unable to detect beauty in anything that isn’t served to them on a platter by Victoria’s Secret’s ad agency. They’re limited.”

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