Taking Up Space: How Eating Well & Exercising Regularly Changed My Life

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Taking Up Space is a sociological memoir about being fat and the physical, emotional and economic costs of trying to pass for thin in a culture that stigmatizes fat people.

Making her own life a case study, medical sociologist Pattie Thomas, Ph.D., with the help of her co-author and husband Carl Wilkerson, M.B.A., outlines how stigma limit and shape the life chances of all people and are supported within culture.

Through narrative text, poetry, essays, photos and drawings, Dr. Thomas shares her own process and demonstrates how a sociologically examined life can be a source for personal growth. An extensive resource section challenges both the popular reader and the academic to further exploration.

Kathleen LeBesco, author of Revolting Bodies: The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity, has called Taking Up Space "a road map through the minefield of the 'war on obesity.'"

Foreword by Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth (published in paperback as The Diet Myth).

The original trade paperback edition of Taking Up Space was published in 2005. The ebook edition was published in 2012 and contains an additional, updated preface.

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About the author

Pattie Thomas and her husband and co-author, Carl Wilkerson, live in Las Vegas, NV, where they run SINdustry City Media. Dr. Thomas examines fattism and its consequences at the Psychology Today blog I Take Up Space. She and Wilkerson blog about their adventures as a dyad with disabilities at their Psychology Today blog CWD (Couples With Disabilities).
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Publisher
Pearlsong Press
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Published on
Oct 1, 2005
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Pages
388
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ISBN
9781597190527
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
Biography & Autobiography / Medical
Biography & Autobiography / People with Disabilities
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Biography & Autobiography / Social Scientists & Psychologists
Biography & Autobiography / Women
Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
Medical / Public Health
Self-Help / Eating Disorders & Body Image
Self-Help / General
Social Science / Popular Culture
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If you want to make positive changes in your life and achieve your long-term goals, I can’t think of a better way to do it than to learn how to become more self-disciplined.

Science has figured out a lot of interesting aspects of self-discipline and willpower, but most of this knowledge is buried deep inside long and boring scientific papers.

If you’d like to benefit from these studies without actually reading them, this book is for you. I’ve done the job for you and researched the most useful and viable scientific findings that will help you improve your self-discipline.

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- why the popular way of visualization can actually prevent you from reaching your goals and destroy your self-control (and what to do instead).

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Body insecurity is rampant, and it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to overcome our culture’s shame and distress about weight, to get real about inequalities and health, and to show every body respect.
A New York Times Bestseller

Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics

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"Riveting."—The New York Times

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"An eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city."—Chicago Tribune

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