Fatlash!: Food Police and the Fear of Thin--A Cautionary Tale Paperback – Oct 16 2012
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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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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
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.