FTC Disclosure: A free copy of this book was provided by the book’s distributor.
This book officially releases on April 10, 2012.
While the subtitle is something of a misnomer – there isn’t really a pat formula to learn self love of any kind and Kinzel definitely knows this so likely was not the person who determined the subtitle – Two Whole Cakes provides an engaging read for nearly anyone who has survived the following:
- Criticism about your body
- Pressure to yo-yo diet
- Failed diets
- Assumptions that your body in any way equates with your character
One part personal narrative, one part sociological dialogue, one part research for what the diet industry might call “the opposition” (though the opposition is not to weight loss, but that of exploiting those who feel the need for it) Two Whole Cakes tells about why Lesley Kinzel has chosen to accept herself rather than expend valuable energy trying to make her body conform to social expectations. The book by turns is empowering and painful, especially for those of us who can certainly identify with Kinzel’s experience: remarks screamed at you from cars (I have,) finding pictures from a period where friends and family pounded you with “you’re fat” messages only to visually see you were most certainly not (I have also had this experience,) and the way old pain and new can be triggered when living in a society that has come to equate outward appearance with inner character. Just as your appearance is not evidence of what you eat, what you eat is not an indicator of your inner life. For those trying to grasp what fat acceptance is about, Kinzel’s book may well be the perfect primer.