Happy Fat

Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen has always been fat. But after years of struggling with her body image and subjecting herself to countless diets, Sofie began to question the incessant body shaming and internalised fatphobia that she had always taken for granted. She started to worry less about fad diets and impossible beauty ideals and began to challenge the origins of these superficial aspirations.

Fat is a response to this exploration: part-memoir, part-social commentary, Sofie describes how she conquered a negative relationship with her body and provides practical tips for readers to do the same – drawing wisdom from fat liberation champions along the way.

Covering topics from shame and sex to airplane seats, love and getting stuck in public toilets, Fat shows us how taking up space in a culture that is desperate to reduce you can be radical and emboldening.

Fat is a celebration of the fat body: an agenda-setting call to arms to re-evaluate our current beauty standards and how we define our self-worth.

Reviews of Happy Fat

  • Praise for Sofie Hagen’s comedy:

    ‘Hagen’s debut hour is fantastic … consistently funny, personal, and a slyly powerful show’ Chortle

    ‘A dark story told lightly and honestly, and with plenty of wry wit’ Time Out

    ‘A tightly wrapped, beautifully jewelled little investigation into female self-confidence and artistic awakening’ Fest Mag

    ‘Hilarious … clever, touching and funny’ The Mirror

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