On Fat and Faith: Review by Kendall Dinniene

ABSTRACT: Rev. Dr. E-K Daufin’s On Fat and Faith: Ending Weight Stigma in Yourself, Your Sanctuary and Society is part memoir, part self-help book, fusing to create a whole that provides readers with fellowship and concrete strategies for uprooting anti-Fatness wherever they find it. Thebook’s first half is a rich recounting of Daufin’s childhood and academic career, both of which were too often constrained by anti-Fatness and misogynoir. Daufin demonstrates the various ways she has navigated these oppressive systems of thinking, becoming increasingly critical of the one solution society offers: to change oneself. While the book is certainly interested in transformation, the transformation that Daufin recommends is not weight loss, but rather ridding oneself and one’s community of the violent assumptions and systems of anti-Fatness that have for too long permeated our world.

From Excessive Bodies: A Journal of Artistic and Critical Fat Praxis and Worldmaking, Volume 1(2023), No. 1, pp. 259-264

by Kendall Dinniene, Ph.D. Candidate, Southern Methodist University

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