Author Explains Why People Fat-Shame Others and How to Stop Feeling Like a Victim

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ It happens to men and womeneven celebrities such as Serena Williams, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson and Amy Schumer. Fat-shamingcriticizing people's physical appearance based on their weightis both rude and hurtful. But take it from Nicole Black, who was fat-shamed for 30 years, reaching a peak when she packed an extra 100 pounds on her 5-ft. 1-inch frame, feeling like a victim is strictly optional.

In her new book, Fat Shame: Ditch the Shame, Get Confident, and Claim the Life You Deserve, Black shares her own journey of yo-yoing from fat to thin and back again even as she operated successful bakeries with her ex-husband. To be sure, Fat Shame is not about dieting, nutrition, exercise or even bariatric surgery, which is how she eventually slimmed down to 118 pounds. Instead, it is a book about achieving self-love, something she struggled with even with her new size four body when she continued to feel unhappy and ashamed.

Black, who grew up in Hollywood as a film director's daughter, recalls how a stranger once rolled down his car window to say, "Hey, fatty! Jenny Craig is right down the street!" And at a party, when she pointed out her husband across the way she was told: "No man that good looking would ever be married to a thing that looks like you!"

In an interview, Black can talk about:

  • The insecurities that drive people to fat-shame others (it has nothing to do with you)
  • 7 steps you can take after a surprise fat-shaming
  • What self-love has in common with brushing your teeth
  • Why weight-loss surgery won't cure self-loathing
  • Understanding that you are enough no matter how thin or heavy you are
  • How she lost 100 pounds while working in a French bakery
  • Going to school with the daughters of Donna Summer, Cher and Tina Louise

About the Author

Nicole Black is an author, speaker and advocate for mindful living. A Certified Rolfer, she specializes in a form of manual therapy that focuses on addressing people's problems and not just their symptoms. She is the co-founder and former CEO of Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro. When she isn't working to promote her story of getting healthy from the inside out, she enjoys travel, yoga, Pilates, and chasing dragonflies.

Contact: Nicole Black, (805) 757-3322;;

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