“Getting Waisted” Tells Honest and Beautiful Stories of Plus Size Struggles

Maintaining a positive body image and good self esteem is hard for large woman in the modern world. You are constantly bombarded with advertisements, fashion magazines, and just people in general who believe that we should all be stick thin. Sadly, issues of style, diet, and body image are rarely (and almost never honestly) touched on by the media. That is why I love “Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin” by Monica Parker.


You have almost certainly seen Monica Parker’s work or work influenced by the Toronto based comedian. But the real power of her book is not the comedy; it’s the honesty. She starts each chapter by giving the stats from one of the many diets she tried. This excerpt features one of my favorites – the Bananas and Milk diet. Can’t say I ever tried that one!


It seems that many media sources try to shame women into hating themselves because of their size and weight. That kind of negative information needs to be permanently removed from society. While the change to positive thinking and beauty in all sizes is a slow one, it is being achieved by women like Monica Parker. I sincerely hope that her stories will not just inspire large women to see that they are not alone but also for their friends, co-workers, and family members to see them in a positive light for who they really are.


While this blog is usually dedicated to fashion news and advice, the truth is that no style can replace the beauty of self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence. Monica Parker clearly has plenty of each and is willing to share within the pages of her book.


The author’s courage and strength to share her experiences and give big women everywhere a chance to see the similarities in their own life’s struggles is inspiring. I highly recommend “Getting Waisted”. Add it to your summer reading list; you won’t be disappointed.

Discover Monica on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MonicaParkerProductions


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