“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:

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“Big Brother” by Lionel Shriver

The author of “We need to talk about Kevin“, whose own brother died from obesity-related causes,tells here the fictional story of just what happens when Pandora’s big brother, Edison,visits after a few years absence – with a weight gain of 200lbs+.

Big Brother creates discomfort as it challenges assumptions on how you might deal with a suddenly very,very Big brother.

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