Recommended Nonfiction

Some of these are memoir, and some are informational texts. The memoirs inevitably have some downs because existing in a fat body is challenging from day-to-day. I don’t recommend books that promote surgery or normalize dieting.




To Be Read


  • Fat Girl: A True Story by Judith Moore
  • Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing by Jennifer Weiner
  • The Other F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce by Angie Manfredi
  • Fattily Ever After by Stephanie Yeboah


  • Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture by Amy Erdman Farrell
  • Fat! So?: Because You Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Size by Marilyn Wann
  • Shadow on a Tightrope: Writings by Women on Fat Oppression by various authors
  • Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes: A Mindful Eating Program for Thriving with Prediabetes or Diabetes by Michelle May
  • Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon
  • Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole
  • Queering Fat Embodiment by Cat Pausé, Ph. D.
  • Killer Fat: Media, Medicine, and Morals in the American “Obesity Epidemic” by Natalie Boero
  • Body of Truth: Change Your Life by Changing the Way You Think about Weight and Health by Harriet Brown
  • Bodies Out of Bounds: Fatness and Transgression by Jana Evans Braziel
  • Revolting Bodies? The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity by Kathleen LeBesco
  • What’s Wrong with Fat? by Abigail C. Saguy
  • The Fat Studies Reader by Esther D. Rothblum
  • Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement by Charlotte Cooper
  • Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings
  • Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body by Kate Harding
  • Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss by Sandra Aamodt