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Book Review - The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts by Hanne Blank

Hanne Blank is a writer, editor and speaker. She advocates for civil rights especially body activism. Her life's work focuses on bodies, people, self and culture with focus on self-acceptance, size-acceptance and cultural history and stories of sexuality as it has evolved. She's an author of 10 books including Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality, Big Big Love and Virgin: The Untouched History.

Blank explains that the culture of the world instructs what women should do with their bodies. Women are taught to look a certain way and exercise for the wrong reasons instead of their personal interests. As a plus-size lady, she has experienced problems related to fitness. Thus, she wrote The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts to share her experience of overcoming these problems and serve as a call to action for many other people with similar issues.

She believes a fat woman's birthright is to move and enjoy her body. And exercise should be an expression of that. Her book gives a fresh perspective on thinking and incorporating fitness into one's life and serves as a great mental and physical guide to exercise and fitness.

Blank informs us that the goal of fitness should not be about losing weight or pleasing people but to ultimately make you happy and confident. She debunked the notion that losing weight made plus-size women feel confident and asserted that feeling good in one's body involves self-acceptance, resilience and determination.

This book is strongly recommended for anyone struggling with self- acceptance, body love and exercising for the right reasons. It calls to embrace a new psychology on body practice where being happy is key.

You can buy this book on Amazon.

Submitted by: Kelechi


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