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"Happy Fat" by Sophie Hagen

She has written for The Guardian, Huffington Post, Metro and others. She has also sold out venues across the UK and Europe and appeared in television shows on BBC, ITV and Comedy Central. Sofie Hagen even has a TEDx Talk on being plus-size and finding happiness. You can watch it here.

Sofie Hagen is beautiful, funny, and fat (She happily calls herself fat, just like in the book title). Her fun and hilarious attitude should not get lost in her other attributes though, because she is hilarious!

Comedians have to address sticky topics at times, and being plus-size is one of them. Sofie Hagen, as empowered as she is, manages to bring a certain hilarity to the social plights she (and most plus-size people) face often.

Like many other plus-size women, Hagen thought she had to change her body, and this set her on a journey to finish this book.

Happy Fat is a book that explores Hagen's journey as she moves from a mindset of "I need to change my body" to a mindset of "I need to change the way I think about my body").

The book starts off with a first chapter that may feels undirected to a reader with no personal stake in the issue of body acceptance, and the accompanying maladaptation by society.

However, for all readers whether plus-size or skinny, when the book finds it's rhythm, it is near-impossible to put down.

In this book, Sofie talks about toxic relationships we have with our bodies, as a result of internalized fatphobia, which is really easy to buy into as a result of constant body shaming. Sofie, however, eventually started worrying less about diets and society's beauty standards. And instead began to focus on why these things were her main ambitions.

Happy Fat is a memoir and at the same time a social commentary. It describes how Hagen overcame her unhealthy relationship with her body and guides readers to do the same. The book incorporates knowledge from other body activists as well.

Happy Fat is an empowering piece of literature that challenges the reader to examine their relationships with their bodies, stance on current beauty standards, and challenges their definition of self-worth. Happy Fat is a beautiful veneration for SSBBWs.

You can get it here on Amazon.

Submitted by: Kelechi

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