“Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body” by Lesley Kinzel

I have come a bit late to Kinzel’s excellent book/memoir/manifesto. Perhaps because I was a little put off by the title, which frankly makes me cringe. Perhaps because I have read so many books urging me to ‘love my body, get off the dieting roller coaster, transform my life’.

However – ignore the misleading title.

Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Love Your Body

Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body

Kinzel writes astutely and movingly and soon you are caught up in her thoughts and musings on fat acceptance, body politics, a lifetime ‘wasted’ dieting as well as the importance of fashionable clothes. Unlike some others, I didn’t feel it was intrinsically a feminist perspective – more a human call to action that we should accept all bodies.

Currently Deputy Editor of online women’s magazine xoJane, Kinzel founded ‘Fatshionista’ and then went on to post her ‘sociological and political views’ of fat via her blog, Two Whole Cakes.

Published by The Feminist Press in 2012, her book largely draws on these posts. There are no chapters (for those who like that sort of thing) and it is relatively short. But don’t let that deceive you – it packs a powerful punch.

Of course, you don’t need to have what Kinzel calls ‘death fat’ to be affected by a culture which demonises and stigmatises those whose body size is outside a cultural norm. Anyone who has suffered from poor body confidence – whatever their size – will find solace in this book. She declares:

‘Your body is …continue reading “Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body” by Lesley Kinzel

“What’s Wrong with Fat?” by Abigail C. Saguy

Those of you following me on Twitter (@weightdebate) may remember that I tweeted some quotes & thoughts on Professor Saguy’s book a few months ago. At the recent 2014 International Weight Stigma Conference I noted copies of “What’s Wrong with Fat?” on sale – good.

For those of us wanting a better understanding of the implications of the term ‘Fat’ this book deserves a warm welcome.

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“Fat is a Feminist Issue” by Susie Orbach

Why review this book? Because of its fabulous title? Or because, unlike so many other books, it:Fat is a Feminist Issue

  1. Has (largely) stood the test of time.
  2. Has an author who is still out there, committed, passionate and practising what she preached to us in 1978.

Many editions (and years) later, much of the message of ‘Fat is a Feminist Issue’ still resonates.

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Body Image Issues? 4 Books that Help.

Do you find teaching and promoting positive body image a challenge? Luckily, there are now so many more resources available for educators, students, clinicians – all of us. Certainly more then when I started!

I’m often asked for recommendations, so in the first of a continuing series I’ve briefly highlighted four books you may find helpful. All offer practical advice and accessible insight into the fight back against our culture of ‘thin’.


Thomas Cash WorkbookThomas F Cash, PhD, is the author of ” The Body Image Workbook: An Eight Step Program for Learning to Like your Looks” as well as co-editor with Linda Smolak, PhD of the 2012 edition of Body Image: A Handbook of Science, Practice and Preventation. Cash is founder and editor-in-chief of Body Image: An International Journal of Research.

The Body Image Workbook uses a cognitive-behavioral approach which has proven success for those working on negative body issues, whilst The Body Image Handbook focuses on the background to, research into and various clinical practices to avoid poor body image and eating disorders.


2 Linda SmolakLinda Smolak is co-editor of Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth: Assessment, Prevention and Treatment. What I found especially useful was the analysis of the cultural, social and familial factors leading to poor body image and eating problems. Both Professor Smolak and Professor Kevin Thompson, PhD, author and co-editor, have authored numerous articles and books on body image …continue reading Body Image Issues? 4 Books that Help.