Judith Moore was born with two strikes against her, one genetic (she inherited her father's tendency toward obesity) and one situational (her mother was an evil beast who abused her physically and emotionally). In modern America, we're exhorted to "rise above" our painful childhood, if we had one, and to be "positive," blah blah. Well, you know what? Sometimes one's childhood is so painful that one can never fully heal from it. Judith Moore is brave enough to write about this. This book is painful to read BECAUSE she is so honest. As a woman with some weight issues of my own, and one who also experienced a tough childhood, I could relate to Judith's story, sympathize with her anguish, and applaud her honesty. I just wish there was a sequel! I want to know what relationship, if any, she has with her mother now, and I'd love to know more about her daughters.
I'm not sure why I chose to purchse this book, as it's quite different from the types of books I tend to read - but I'm glad that I did...
I finished reading "Fat Girl" last night, and was at such a loss for words that I decided to wait until today to write the review! I'm still finding it hard to find the right words, but let me try...
"Fat Girl" is an in-depth look into the life of a woman who considered herself to be obese much of her life. It's sad & heartbreaking, but I think it provides at least one potential cause for obesity - the need for love, and the filling of this void with food.
Author Judith Moore went through hell as a child! Her father was kicked out of the house when she was still quite young, and her mother didn't really want her. Because her mother felt stifled by this child, she lashed out in horrendous ways - mentally and physically abusing her, and letting her know that fattness was disgusting - that she should be ashamed by how she looked.
On top of this, most of the kids in her life were also mean - calling her fatso, and saying things that would make anyone cringe!!!
Feeling unloved & unlovable, Judith searched for love in food - but she could never get enough. But this isn't just about eating way too much, it's about starvation as well... This child was not only starved for love, but forced on many starvation diets - all due to her mother's attempts to make her "acceptable". It was during these "diets" that Judith began literally daydreaming of food - it was all she could think of.
As an adult, she now has what I would call a love-hate relationship with food; she still hates her body - and hates herself; she still sees herself as "not good enough"; and she is still starved for love.
I only wish more people would read this book - maybe then the teasing and out-right meanness toward the obese would stop. So many of us tend to think that obeseness is all about food - and yet now I believe that food is only the symptom - the causes run deep!
Incredibly well written, also deeply and profoundly sad. The level to which this poor woman loathed herself all of her life was absolutely heartbreaking. No one should ever be made to feel this way, this is exactly why the body positivity movement matters.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because I can definitely identify with her. The pain and mental suffering fat children endure not only from other children but also from dysfunctional parents is devastating and causes incurable damage that sustains itself for the rest of their lives. I applaud this woman who was brave enough to reveal her inner demons. I pray her writing of this book was cathartic for her. For all thin fat girls everywhere, I thank you.
I had to read this for my English class who's title was "Societies Taboos" this book is an extremely amazing story of a woman who was "overweight" and the struggles she lived! It was an amazing story, and It really engages the reader from start to finish. I highly recommen this touching true story to everyone!
I just finished this book and had to come down and write a review while it was fresh in my mind. This story is so honest, so painful that it's hard to turn each page. That said, it's also one of the most poignant reads I've ever had. I don't think it's only for heavy people to read either; it's for anyone who wants a glimpse into someone's brutal childhood who lived to tell the tale. At times, I wanted to scoop the author up and give her a mighty hug and tell her everything was going to be okay. Other times I really wanted to seek her family out and beat the crap out of them. Sometimes I wanted to eat while reading, especially the wonderful pies she's described in the text.
Haunting and wonderful, this story will stay with you for a long, long time.