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Melville House UK: You Have the Right to Remain Fat

A Manifesto

**For sale only in the UK and its territories.**

Growing up as a fat girl, Virgie Tovar believed that her body was something to be fixed. But after two decades of dieting and constant guilt, she was over it — and gave herself the freedom to trust her own body again. Ever since, she’s been helping others to do the same.

Tovar is hungry for a world where bodies are valued equally, food is free from moral judgment, and you can jiggle through life with respect. In concise and candid language, she delves into unlearning fatphobia, dismantling sexist notions of fashion, and rejecting diet culture’s greatest lie: that fat people need to wait before beginning their best lives.

Watch Virgie’s superb TED Talk:

VIRGIE TOVAR is an author, activist and one of America’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight, and edited the groundbreaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington PostCosmopolitan, and BUST.

“Fierce, passionate, and poignant, Virgie Tovar has written a manifesto that will inspire you and ignite the revolution.” —Linda Bacon, author of Health at Every Size

“Virgie Tovar is the radical voice we need… she eviscerates diet culture, proclaims the joyous possibilities of fat, and shows us that liberation is possible.” —Sarai Walker, author of Dietland

“Witty, warm and wise. Virgie Tovar shows how powerful and political personal writing can be. This is a book that is full of energy and spark.” —Charlotte Cooper, author of Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement

“Lucid, joyous, mad as hell, and making a whole lot of sense.” —Joanna Walsh, author of Worlds from the Word’s End

“Virgie Tovar is a vital voice in contemporary activism, media, and feminism… She confronts bigotry, but does not engage with bullshit.” —Kelsey Miller, author of Big Girl

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