Brittany Gibbons is an online blogger/internet personality. She is known for being plus-sized and embracing it. Before I was asked to review this book, I had never heard of Brittany Gibbons. Sometimes I feel like I have been living under a rock for the past few years, so that could be one reason I had never heard of her. Also, I never really had an excuse to find her since being overweight isn’t really part of who I am. I’m not saying that to be rude, it’s just a fact. I’m not saying I never had weight issues, though, because hello pregnancy weight gain. I also felt insecure about my body after living in Florida for two months, fried food is no joke.
I’m really glad I had the opportunity to read Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It by Brittany Gibbons. It is laugh-out-loud funny and almost any woman can relate to it. Have you ever been insecure about any part of your body or yourself in general? Then this book is for you! If you’re reading this and you don’t have any issues with yourself, then good for you, but I highly doubt people like that exist.
Brittany Gibbons starts off her book reflecting on her childhood explaining how her body began to transform into what it is today. The entire book is filled with short stories and memories from her life. The beginning was a bit slow for my taste. With that being said, it started to get interesting when Brittany fell in love. I love a good love story. The middle part of the book is all about falling in love and having babies. I also love reading about babies. Brittany’s reaction to having children and raising them is hilarious. It really reminded me of Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs by Jenny McCarthy.
In her book, Brittany Gibbons talks about jobs, school, finding herself, dieting, losing herself, and finally how she learned to accept herself. When Brittany was in college her school adviser suggested that she should apply to different types of internships so that she could try out a variety of jobs. Even if it was something she had no interest in what-so-ever, she was encouraged to just try it for a few weeks and see how it went. I wish I had that opportunity in college, it’s a wonderful idea. How are we supposed to know what we want to do in life if we can’t try it out first?
“The next day I went to the arts and sciences department to switch my major to Undecided, but opted at the last minute to go with English, which my school adviser explained as being basically the same thing” Pg.75. English majors unite! When you don’t know what to be when you grow up, major in English, because you are probably already somewhat proficient in it.
In Fat Girl Walking, Brittany Gibbons reflects on how she was teased as a child, a teenager, and how she is still bullied as an adult. Just because people grow up doesn’t mean the bulling stops, which is sad. She speaks about how being constantly bullied not only makes her feel worse, but also makes her want to eat more. Brittany puts is all out there, doesn’t sugar coat her life, and she definitely doesn’t make excuses. She stresses that she loves food. (Don’t we all?) She also stresses that just because she isn’t skinny, doesn’t mean she is unhealthy. Which is true for some people, just not all. She specifically talks about how dieting made her look better (in other people’s minds,) but it didn’t make her feel better. When this happened she realized that she had to learn how to love her body for what it is and stop trying to change it. (A challenge I’m sure we all face in regards to some aspect of our lives.)
Brittany Gibbons is known for her public bikini wearing stunts and having sex with her husband EVERY DAY for a whole year. She talks about both of these radical experiments, which helped her become more comfortable in her own skin, in her book Fat Girl Walking on sale TODAY! You can also learn more about Brittany on her blog Brittany Herself.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.