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About the Author

Author and speaker Karen Kataline received her master's degree from Columbia University and has practiced in a variety of non-profit and corporate settings. She has been an assertiveness trainer and public speaking coach for a Manhattan communications firm and has taught communications and public speaking at the New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design in New York, New Jersey's Montclair State College, and Fairleigh Dickenson University, among others. She also lends her operatic voice to a variety of fundraisers and community events. Fatlash! is her first book. Praise for FATLASH! "A brave story of how Karen moved past being a prized show-pony living her mother's dreams and having been sexualized at an early age." -Nita W. LaFontaine, the first Miss Louisiana who was black; author, Finding My Voice: Living with the Loss of Don LaFontaine "Informative, funny, and personal . . . Do yourself a favor and get this book. It might lead you to make a new friend-your own body." -Laurelee Roark, cofounder, Beyond Hunger "Karen puts a human face on food restriction and gives a powerful example of what not to do." -Bernard J. Baars, PhD, coauthor, Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness, 2nd Ed. "Fatlash! is a beautifully written, witty, and boldly personal perspective." -Julie Gunlock, senior fellow, Independent Women's Forum "Reads like fiction . . . Highly recommended." -Tamara Pryor, PhD, and Christina N. Bokenkamp, LPC, Eating Disorder Center of Denver "Karen's story sheds new light on an area which is in tremendous need of greater understanding." -Marilyn Van Derbur Atler, author, Miss America by Day

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More than a memoir. Brilliant insights. Oct. 20 2012
By Maggie - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just finished FATLASH! and was happy to have someone put a voice to what I think is the insanity of parading young girls in front of the public as if they were pieces of meat, and making them think that unless they win that pageant or contest, they are worthless. What a horrible way to raise a child.

Ms. Kataline hit very close to home for me when she described how being overweight was protection from having to deal with men sexually objectifying her. It IS easier to hide behind a fat suit than to have to deal with some men's attention.

If you're a naturally shy person, as am I, there's comfort in the label of being fat and hence ignored.

To read all that Ms. Kataline endured, experienced and overcame on her road to achieving a comfortable weight was uplifting to me in my daily struggle with the scale.

Brava to Ms. Kataline for having the bravery to share her story with the world.

Maggie, Denver, CO
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Frederick Cookinham - Published on
Format: Paperback
Karen's book is a pleasure to read. Eloquent, funny, and filled with insight about problems shared by millions: Should I be ashamed of my weight and torture myself to look thin? Should a mother help her daughter achieve glory on the stage...even if it kills her? Do I dare lose weight -- if every pound that comes off reveals frightening childhood memories the weight was intended to bury? This book should be read by Mother BEFORE she pushes her daughter into child beauty contests that force her to look and act more grown up than she really is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Serious but entertaining. Nov. 26 2012
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Kataline makes the book easy to read, eloquent and funny! I don’t usually like to read anything serious but found this book to be interesting and entertaining. The books presents a serious topic, which I recognize in many people, and presents it with charm and humor.
Food for Thought...Thoughts for Food June 21 2013
By Raz Pesher - Published on
Format: Paperback
FATLASH, by Karen Kateline provides us with "food for thought" and "thoughts for food!"

Although Karen makes many points in her book, I believe the most important point is parents and adults affect children FOREVER. What is not healed in one generation passes to the next generation. When emotional needs are not met at home, children seek to meet them in other ways. Every child deserves to be loved, cherished, guided, and protected as a unique human being.

What I so like about FATLASH is Karen's ability to look and think about her past, healthily mourn for her lost childhood, and still understand she is the only one who can change her future. Rather than become a martyr to her past, Karen chooses to live in present reality. She fully understands every day of life is filled with boundaries, choices--- and not just food choices.

For me the "stand-out" moment in Karen's book is when her mother is making Karen show her grandfather how much weight she lost. Karen's grandfather says Karen looks too thin but her mom disagrees and indicates Karen is expected to lose more weight. At this point, Karen realizes no matter what she weighs or how she looks she cannot please her mother. I respect Karen for having the "chutzpah" to write about her personal experience in such an open way.
Insightful, Disturbing, and Hopeful Nov. 17 2012
By Bonnie D. Roerig - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just finished "FatLash." The most amazing element of this memoir is that, with her childhood and background, Karen has grown into a rational, productive -- and delightful -- person. This book really is about abnormal parents, a dysfunctional family, and psychological elements so complex it's difficult for those of us who never experienced anything like her upbringing to understand. How can this book cause the reader to laugh out loud and bring that same reader nearly to tears only pages later? It's all evidence of the horrific roller-coaster ride forced on the talented and beautiful little girl that was Karen. The mix of emotions the story causes in the reader are only a pale shadow of the emotional mix of reality of Karen's young life. Food police, "fear of thin" and related topics are actually tangential to the main meaning of the book: how can a child, striving to just be a little girl growing up, face the odds Karen faced, and succeed? A must read for 2012-2013. The title includes the tantalizing phrase "Volume 1" leading to a sincere and impatient longing for Volume II soon.