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on 25 January 2013
I enjoyed understanding the controversy surrounding 'fatness' from a large person's point of view. I'm a naturally thin person and I was interested in the reasons behind why people choose gastric bypasses over basic exercise and limiting food intake. I was surprised by how desperate Anne was to jump down the surgery route and that really opened my eyes to how labelled an overweight person is just on how much they weigh.
I felt that the majority of the book was repetitive and if I didn't already know she hated her fat from the first page, I definately knew about it by page 300. The only thing I thought was frustrating was that Anne seemed so blinded by her own body, that she didn't realise that every single person in the world has something they hate/dislike about themselves. I related to her body image issues, as a thin person, as a teenager, as a young woman. The fat just seems to be an excuse as to why she felt that way, instead of opening her own eyes to the rest of the world (which she has so extensively travelled).
Having said that, towards the end, when she finds her lovely boyfriend and her eyes do seem to start opening and her internal voice that deems her unattractive starts getting beaten down by other people's love of her for who she is, it's a really great part of the book. I loved reading that her self loathing was beginning to turn into self doubt about her stubborn attitude towards herself. And I hope that anyone who reads this and is in the same mental situation as Anne at any part of a GB process can use this and feel like they're not alone and people are all different shapes and sizes and it doesn't really matter because there's always someone out there who will love you for who you are whatever you look like.
In a nutshell, it's a bit hard to wade through the all the body hate, but the overall effect of the book is inspiring and eye opening.