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Jour 12: Why Women Need Fat (book review)


Can't talk. Too busy reading. 
I mean, I took the time to do my hair up awesome and put on this vintage-y outfit, but after that it was ALL READING.

So, as part of the BlogHer Book Club, I get to read extremely random books sometimes. If it were up to me, I'd just read young adult novels (and the oeuvre of Mireille Guiliano) all time time, but this is great to broaden my horizons. This month's pick is Why Women Need Fat, by William D. Lassek and Steven J.C. Gaulin.

I know that this time of year, lots of people are working on losing weight and getting healthier and I'm totes on board with all of those things. I'm trying to eat more vegetables and real things, and less per meal and exercise and that sort of thing. (A bunch of finance bloggers are doing this too, in a challenge organized by Newlyweds on a Budget). For all these reasons, this book club selection is very timely.


Newly minted Frugal Icon Marilyn Monroe is probs eating a healthy vegetable burger on a multigrain bun type scenario, I'm pretty sure.

So anyway, this book. The subtitle is "How 'healthy' food makes us gain excess weight and the surprising solution to losing it forever." Already, this looks like the sort of food plan that appeals to me - eat real food (i.e. butter, rather than margarine), avoid artificially low-fat things (i.e. eat high-fat yogurt, not low-fat yogurt) and avoid sugar, rather than fat. These are also, coincidentally, among the many lessons of my personal life manifesto French Women Don't Get Fat. (OK, so I haven't actually finished reading French Women Don't Get Fat yet, but the first chapters are very inspiring)


I think it's something to do with wearing a beret makes you healthier and happier.
But maybe this will be made more clear by Chapter 3.

Anyway! This blog is to review the Why Women Need Fat book, so let's get to that.

I should probably point out that I'm approaching it from the opposite direction of most people, in that, I prefer to be bigger rather than smaller. I've been really small, and I'm now teetering on the edge between "average" and "plus-sized" (i.e., size 14). I totally, completely, 100% prefer the size I am now.

When I was way too thin, I worked hard to try and gain weight and was constantly annoyed by people around me who were like "Oh, if only I could lose weight and look like you, Annabelle!" when I wanted to say, "OK, why don't you suffer emotional problems and eat a granola bar every two days and see how much you enjoy being emaciated."

Blah blah. Anyway, my brain is now wired so that thin = unhappy, while well-fed = happyhappy. So I'm always not sure what to say when someone has clearly lost weight, first I assume that they're going through something sad and stressful so I shouldn't mention the weight loss, but what if it's on purpose and it makes them happy? How do you know? (Solution: compliment their outfit - always a safe thing to do).


My thought process is more in line with 1950s ideas of weight gain and weight loss, I guess.
The first anecdote in Why Women Need Fat (it's the kind of book where every chapter starts with describing someone's weight loss/gain experience) is about a woman who used to be really thin as a teen, then had a baby and gained weight and gosh darn it, can't get back to the size she was as a teenager. Like, is this a problem? Isn't this just normal life? Isn't this part of the price of admission of having children - your body will never be exactly the same as it used to be (unless you allegedly pay a surrogate to have your baby for you allegedly Beyonce allegedly Blue Ivy sounds like the name of a Batman villainess that part is true)

Anyway. The authors strive really hard to convince you that fat isn't a bad thing, being thin doesn't mean you're healthy, etc., etc. Preaching to the choir, gentlemen. I don't know about you, but I'd rather read a book that encourages you to forget about your pants size, and focus on enjoying delicious croissants - i.e. French Women Don't Get Fat. That's just my style - not thinking about specific budget amounts or calorie intake, but enjoying what you enjoy and being responsible, in general.

Check out more discussion of this book on the BlogHer Book Club all month!

Disclosure statement: this is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. But you probably noticed that bit from the excessive amount of discussion of the Fabulous French Croissant Lifestyle.

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