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As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty (Book) Review

 
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Linda Mesleh Wagner weaves a tale of a life obsessed – both with food, and with losing the weight associated with it – in her autobiographical tale, As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty. It’s an interesting book, quite different from most books dealing with weight loss and the struggles associated with it. For one […]

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Linda Mesleh Wagner weaves a tale of a life obsessed – both with food, and with losing the weight associated with it – in her autobiographical tale, As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty. It’s an interesting book, quite different from most books dealing with weight loss and the struggles associated with it. For one thing, Wagner does not claim to have actually found the secret to weight loss, insomuch as she admits quite candidly to the reader that she is still struggling today. Still, her message is mostly a positive one, as she shares her belief that by uncovering all of the secrets associated with food and binge eating, she will be able to shed herself of both the shame and the weight. Whether that hypothesis proves to be true or not, the author tells a poignant, very honest tale of her lifelong struggles with weight.

On the one hand, I applaud the author for her willingness to be completely candid about well hidden secrets about the struggle with binge eating – she reveals everything from candy bars hidden in underwear drawers to sneaking fast food in her car, and by doing so gives readers a deeper look into her life. Had the book been written more as a true memoir, it would provide readers a look at a very strong woman who has struggled against not just weight loss, but finding her own identity after a very strict upbringing, dealing with divorce and life as a single mother, and even the loss of a child. Hers is a very compelling story.

On the other hand, the the author devotes almost as much page time to preaching about weight loss, and it takes away from the more compelling story of her life, for several reasons. First of all, she is not (and doesn’t claim to be), any sort of expert on weight loss. Though she has lost weight several times throughout her life, she has always gained it back, and she hasn’t really found a way to stop that cycle (her hypothesis about bearing secrets being the key has not been borne out). She also assumes that everyone’s struggles with weight loss mirror her own, and that is just not the case. There are many different reasons for weight gain, and not all of them are due to binge eating. That’s not to say that her story and experience aren’t valid – just that it takes away from that message when the book turns from relaying her experience to preaching.

As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty gives readers a look inside the life of its author, Linda Meslah Wagner. Hers is a story that can be learned from, and it’s a story worth telling. She faces a lot of personal issues while dealing with the struggle with her weight, and it’s for the most part of really good read – though it would be more so without the parts that preach to the readers about losing weight.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)