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: Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You
- ‘This book is for anyone who has ever felt out of place in the world … Sofie Hagen is who we don’t deserve but we all need’ Lena Dunham
- ‘This book is the fat best friend you wished you had before endlessly trying to fit in’ Scottee
- ‘I loved every single word of this masterpiece! … I want to hug every page, and shout it from the rooftops. It explains so beautifully what it is to be fat … the shame you experience and but also the utter joy of learning to love yourself and to see through the lies’ Helen Thorn, Scummy Mummies
- ‘As an old-school stand-up of the self-deprecating variety, I found Sofie’s book fascinating and it’s introduced to me a whole new school of thought’ Jo Brand