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Fatlash!: Food Police and the Fear of Thin--A Cautionary Tale [Paperback]

Karen Kataline

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2012
Before she knew what a calorie was, Karen Kataline was allowed to have only five hundred of them. She was seven. Forced into the spotlight by her weight-obsessed mother, Kataline spent her childhood trapped in a world of pageants, performances, and perpetual hunger. In a subconscious attempt to cover herself, Kataline tells us her story of using food and weight-gain to shield herself from the eyes that roved her. Amid heated controversy about the obesity epidemic, food regulation, and children who are put on display in child beauty pageants, Kataline's timely memoir Fatlash offers an unprecedented look at an adult survivor who finally came to an understanding about how her experiences affected her. While Fatlash reads like fiction, this true story exposes the truth about a little girl who was forced into a world she didn't understand, where everyone dictated what she could and could not have. Now is the time to take action against this kind of food policing-and Kataline's story does just that. Relevant to all readers, her timeless story will continue to serve as caution against what not to do for years to come. *Sponsor's Choice Award Winner, National Indie Excellence Awards *NIEA Awards also in Women's Issues, Addiction & Recovery *Finalist, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards *1st Place Evvy Award, Colorado Independent Publishers Association *Five star review from Indie Reader

Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: K. M. Ette Publishing, Ltd. (Oct. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985967900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985967901
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,438,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars BODY IMAGE TYRANNY SPARKS REBELLION Oct. 22 2012
By Frederick Cookinham - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a memoir. Brilliant insights. Oct. 20 2012
By Maggie - Published on Amazon.com
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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious but entertaining. Nov. 26 2012
By Brenda Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Humor and Grace Aug. 21 2013
By E. P. Bergstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Karen manages to treat an extremely painful subject with humor and grace. She is a courageous person. I recommend this inspiring read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Victory Aug. 5 2013
By JMS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Karen's book Fatlash is a real compelling read. I started it one evening and completed it the next night before going to bed. Though most of us probably weren't reluctant three-year-old beauty queens, many of us can identify with pressures to lose weight. How many of us have binged in rebellion to someone's expectations or commands; or have you ever eaten extra food even though you weren't hungry or it didn't taste good? Or how many times have you "almost gotten there", to that illusive perfect weight, and then started eating uncontrollably ONCE AGAIN. Karen takes us there.

She walks us through painful, discouraging years, in enough detail to make us feel we are right there with her, yet she doesn't give us so much detail that we want to run away.

She keeps sanity in the midst of insane behavior, and eventually turns it all into good by facing truth, and choosing to learn how to help others in their struggles.

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