You Have the Right to Remain Fat

You Have the Right to Remain Fat

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Virgie Tovar
A manifesto for the fat revolution.


Paperback Edition
IBSN: 9781936932313
Publication Date: 08-17-2018

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 does the thing we need to see more of in political writing: she shares every bit of her humanity, right down to her feelings about her own nipple color, without missing a beat on sharp critiques of the systems that oppress her. Her clear descriptions of antifat-bias and the social construction that is “diet culture,” make it difficult to disagree with her main point: you are not the problem, society is the problem. The world desperately needs to be told this truth—this book will be required reading for my clients going forward.” —Isabel Foxen Duke, Coach & Creator of

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