You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar
A manifesto for the fat revolution.
Growing up as a fat girl, Virgie Tovar believed that her body was something to be fixed. But after two decades of dieting and constant guilt, she was over it—and gave herself the freedom to trust her own body again. Ever since, she’s been helping others to do the same.
Tovar is hungry for a world where bodies are valued equally, food is free from moral judgment, and you can jiggle through life with respect. In concise and candid language, she delves into unlearning fatphobia, dismantling sexist notions of fashion, and rejecting diet culture’s greatest lie: that fat people need to wait before beginning their best lives.
“Virgie Tovar is the radical voice we need, with a gift for expressing what so many women feel but cannot always articulate. In this bold new book, she eviscerates diet culture, proclaims the joyous possibilities of fat, and shows us that liberation is possible.” —Sarai Walker, author of Dietland
Virgie Tovar is an author, activist, and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Basecamp, started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNot Weight, and edited the groundbreaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion. You Have the Right to Remain Fat is her first book.
Sarai Walker is the author of the novel Dietland, which is now a series on the AMC network.