“This book will change the way you see the world and feel about your body – and tell you how to fight back.”  Link to Terry's Blog

 The Fat Chick who Figured it Out

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 “We think we think for ourselves. We believe our eyes are wide open, and we make all our own choices, right?

“Sorry. If this were true, we wouldn’t believe the most preposterous fairy tale ever concocted: that to be fat is to be like Cinderella’s stepsisters: ugly, lazy, mean and stupid – and to be thin is to live happily ever after.”

That’s what Terry Poulton wrote in No Fat Chicks, which was first published in Canada in 1996 and in the United States in 1997. Why did she decide to republish it in e-book form in 2012? “Because the fairy tale I tried to debunk is still being told, and believed, today,” she explains.

“And what I dubbed the Billion Dollar Brainwash – which at the time was coercing people into spending $50 billion annually in North America alone, trying to be thin – is now reportedly reaping $80 billion annually.

“This despite the fact that the products and services it sells don’t work! They have short-term effects at best, are bogus and dangerous at worst, and usually result in added weight. Why? Because extreme reducing efforts alert the body to slow metabolism and hold onto pounds. This has been nature’s life insurance plan since cave days.”

So now Terry is repeating her message: “The pressure to be thin isn’t about being slender, beautiful women at all. It’s about being obedient, obsessed consumers. The whole thing is not about what we eat; it’s about what we spend trying to accomplish the impossible.”

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 “I have to go begging in beauty’s disguise.” —A Singer Must Die by Leonard Cohen

 “1890s Actress Lillian Russell

No Fat Chicks traces how the destructive fairy tale duped us, with manufactured prejudice accelerating the Billion Dollar Brainwash year by year, pound by pound, and dollar by dollar.

Result? We stopped admiring abundantly endowed women – like Rubens’ Three Graces, who appear on No Fat Chicks’ Canadian cover; Lillian Russell, who at 200 pounds, was considered the most desirable woman of the 1890s; and curvy Marilyn Monroe, the top movie star of the 1950s. Instead, we blindly accept that looking as much as possible like skeletal Twiggy, and her increasingly gaunt successors, was an obligation for all women.

No Fat Chicks ends with a treasure trove of ways to fight back – to awaken from the evil fairy tale, and defy and defeat the Billion Dollar Brainwash.


 “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
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