Fat: A Life Unfiltered (Paperback)
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Endorsed by New York Times bestselling author, Tosca Lee, "FAT: A Life Unfiltered" isn't a book just for people who struggle with weight. It's a book for everyone who struggles with anything. And readers will laugh, cry, and find hope within its pages.
Written to help those who struggle know they are not alone and to not lose hope, while also providing a window into the world of the obese for those who have never had a weight problem or have a hard time understanding a loved one who does, come along with Jon Stanton on an adventurous and humorous read where weight is the often-present character - the factor that overshadows nearly every experience in his life.
Nearly forty percent of American adults are obese, and Jon Stanton is one of them. He has struggled with obesity most of his life, and now he's written a book about what it's like to grow up and live as a fat man. "FAT: A Life Unfiltered" tells it how it is, but with an emphasis on more humorous experiences of being overweight. "When you're more than 100 pounds overweight for most of your life, funny things happen to you that don't happen to thin people or even people who are just slightly overweight. It also affects your worldview, the decisions you make, how you form relationships - almost everything about your life is impacted in some way."
Stanton has been as heavy as 430 pounds and as light as 200 pounds, within just a couple years of each other. From 2007-2009, he lost 230 pounds through eating better and exercising regularly (he did not follow a specific diet plan), and he kept the weight off for almost five years. He completed two half-marathons, a century ride (100 miles in one day) on his bike and appeared on NBC's Today and CBN's 700 Club to tell his success story to others who struggle with weight. He also won the Governor's Fitness Award from former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. But old demons are hard to keep at bay forever, and unfortunately, he eventually gained back more than 100 of those pounds. That is why he wrote the book. "Battling weight all the time, especially in our food-saturated culture, is exhausting. I wanted to encourage people who have struggled, let them know they aren't alone, and try to help people who have never struggled understand we aren't just lazy, unmotivated creatures with no willpower."
If you've struggled with weight most of your life, or if you have a spouse or loved one who struggles and you just haven't been able to figure out why, this book is for you. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll find encouragement to change.
Parents, please note that some topics may not be suited to elementary school age children.