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Growing up as a fat girl, Virgie Tovar believed that her body was something to be fixed. But after two decades of dieting and constant guilt, she was over it and gave herself the freedom to trust her own body again. Ever since, she’s been helping others to do the same.

Tovar is hungry for a world where bodies are valued equally, food is free from moral judgment, and you can jiggle through life with respect. In concise and candid language, she delves into unlearning fatphobia, dismantling sexist notions of fashion, and how to reject diet culture’s greatest lie: that fat people need to wait before beginning their best lives.

©2018 Virgie Tovar (P)2020 Virgie Tovar

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open ears and mind.

this woman takes a lot of flack from people (mostly men) for her outspoken and unapologetic views. I started following her insta because I wanted to know why these views are SO controversial, so wrong. I ended up finding I agree with so much of what she says. listening to her story made me see the similarities in my own. I even remembered back fondly to when I gave a boy a swirly for calling me a fat cow at the public pool. I marched right into the boys room after him and gave him what he clearly deserved ( in my head anyway) and asked myself, why did I not let that boy take my self worth from me then, yet let the media and such take it from me now. I remember my mother who was a bisexual feminist that told me my body was beautiful natural and never let me "diet" who told me I need to properly nourish my body. I have to say this book makes me think about why people want to be thin even at the cost of health, and how I have been the same way to the point of starving myself as a teen. even now at 34 I want to shrink my body.