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Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons

If you watched any TV yesterday chances are you came across Brittany Gibbons author of Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It. Brittany is a fellow blogger, Facebook group extraordinaire, and now she’s written a book about accepting herself (and you can too) for who she is. You might know Brittany from her TED talk where she stripped down to her SPANX or from her year of having sex each day with her husband. No matter how you know Brittany, or if you haven’t yet heard of her, you’ll want to check out her book about growing up fat.

I picked it up yesterday and read half of it while attending my daughters band recital. I just could not put it down. I’ve experienced so many of the issues she discusses in her book but the most poignant one was the one she told about her daughter and how she looked just like her. I’ve thought the same thing about my daughter. She’s about the same size that I was at her age (I was fat but she looks perfectly normal). How can I hate myself for being fat when I can see my reflection in her and she is beautiful?

I also caught her on the Today show and heard she was on Dr. Oz. I’m so glad she’s getting a ton of exposure because her message is a good one, and that is that we should love ourselves no matter what size we are.

Brittany is host to a hugely popular Facebook page called Curvy Girls Guide. It’s a closed group of thousands of curvy women who support and encourage each other. It’s not without drama but what would you expect when you get a bunch of women together? And while there might be some drama the purpose of the page is to be part of a sisterhood where everyone belongs.

As a fat girl I can attest to the fact that we aren’t always welcome. And, if you read Fat Girl Walking you’ll read about Brittany’s experiences not be accepted either.

Fat Girl Walking is not a sad book, though there are moments of sadness in the book. The book is empowering and inspiring. For those of us who have let life pass us by because we were afraid our thighs were too big or we were too big to join in the fun, that we didn’t think we were sexy or for those of us who believed that we really were lazy and lacked self control, the book is a reminder that we all matter, that we all are worthy of love and light. That being fat does not define anyone and shouldn’t be the first thing people see — and if it is, screw them.

Fat Girl Walking is about loving yourself and not needing the approval of anyone else to do so.