• Aubrey Gordon
Cover of "You Just Need to Lose Weight": And 19 Other Myths about Fat People

The pushback that shows up in conversations about fat justice takes exceedingly predicable form. Losing weight is easy--calories in, calories out. Fat people are unhealthy. Were in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Fat acceptance ‘glorifies obesity. The BMI is an objective measure of size and health. Yet, these myths are as readily debunked as they are pervasive. In ‘You Just Need to Lose Weight’, Aubrey Gordon equips readers with the facts and figures to reframe myths about fatness in order to dismantle the anti-fat bias ingrained in how we think about and treat fat people. Bringing her dozen years of community organizing and training to bear, Gordon shares the rhetorical approaches she and other organizers employ to not only counter these pernicious myths, but to dismantle the anti-fat bias that so often underpin them.


Gordon, Aubrey. “You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths about Fat People. Boston: Beacon Press, 2023.