Being Fat Means More To Love!
Trigger warning: Includes brief biographical reference to EDs.
For the 12 Days of Fatmas I’m letting you know about a fantastic little book by author and illustrator Elizabeth Patch called More to Love. I received a copy of this book years ago to review and still go back and look at it at times because it’s such a pick-me-up. It promises “No diet or lifestyle changes required. No self-esteem questionnaires or visualization techniques. No dull statistics, sad stories or unhappy endings.” Does this sound like a great gift or what? Wait, it gets better. Instead, this book promises pages of “chocolate chip cookies for the soul,” beautiful hand-drawn images, and positive affirmations. Mmm soul cookies! Elizabeth’s drawings are bright, cheerful and accompanied by upbeat snippets of text. Open to any page and I guarantee you wont be disappointed. Better yet, her illustrations of fat women doing everything from ice skating to lounging by the pool are of actual fat women! Not just curvy women, or average-sized ladies like me, but real fat women. There could be a larger variety of sizes, this is true, and my only criticism, but these are not your “size 14/16 is fat” fat ladies.
This book, while written and illustrated NOT by a woman of size, is still coming from the best of possible places. In the About the Author section on Amazon it notes:
Elizabeth has spent much of her adult life teaching high school art while raising her sons as a single mom. And, like most women in America, Elizabeth has dealt with issues of body image, eating disorders, and self-esteem. The More to Love characters began appearing in her sketchbooks shortly after one of her beloved students died from complications related to anorexia.
So sad. I wish more people would focus on actual eating disorders and how those are killing our youth, instead of the made-up obesity epidemic. Her dedication reaches out to all of us, saying “More to Love is dedicated to every woman who has ever felt she was less, when she truly is more.”
At an easy-to-handle 64 pages (about half of which are Elizabeth’s great illustrations) and only slightly taller than a paperback novel, More to Love would fit easily into that special someone’s stocking or rest nicely on a branch of their Christmas tree. Pick up a copy from Amazon to brighten a friend’s day and help support Fierce Fatties while you’re at it!
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