As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty Review

Posted on Oct 10 2015 - 9:30am by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received this product for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.

Looking for an interesting book discussing obesity and one woman's journey with being overweight? See what we think of As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty here!

While many of us may not want to talk about it, obesity is becoming a huge issue in the United States. With over a 1/3 of the population classified as obese, it is time that many of us start a conversation about the matter in a way that is not just consolatory or accepting, but works on finding the reason behind this problem. With a billion dollar dieting industry, it is time we start figuring out why people aren’t losing weight and what we can do to solve it. Recently, I read an interesting book that goes into this topic – As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty.

As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty: What is It?

Looking for a book discussing the reality of obesity and someone who has struggled with her weight her entire life? If so, we think you will love As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty. This book, by Linda Misleh Wagner, explores how her life contributed to her not only being obese, but food addicted. She confesses to this in the book, and explains how events of her life and things that happened around her lead to her yo-yoing with her weight her entire life. Through it, however, you see how she is working on overcoming her food addiction and turning her life around.

As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty: Overall

In all honesty, I had no clue what to think when I first picked up this book. I thought I was going to get someone’s inspirational story on how she lost weight, but instead, got a book that opened up the true discussion on obesity – how it happens and that food addiction is something that is truly a problem. While the book goes over her addiction with food, family life, and the tragedies that have happened in your life, you can’t help but see why she kept going back to her food addiction, and how just about anyone can relate to her quest to lose weight. She also spends quite a bit of time discussing the importance of having self confidence and not letting your weight control you, which I found to be fascinating.  Even with her tragedies, you can’t help but smile and laugh at her humor, which made this one of those books that was very hard to put down. While it is not, strictly speaking, an inspiring story, it is a realistic one that can easily open up dialog with anyone trying to lose weight (or who has been fighting their weight for a while) and how weight loss is more than just losing weight and watching food, but dealing with the psychology of it as well. My only complaint was that the closing of the book seemed a bit odd and confusing, leaving you wanting to know more. Overall though, it was a pretty good book! Based on my own experience, I am delighted to give As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty an A rating.

As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty: Where to Purchase

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

25 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Amber Ludwig October 10, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Sounds very interesting!! I do like that she owns up to it and doesn’t blame it on anything!! Id love to read it and support her by purchasing it!

  2. Sue Mullaney October 10, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I never had problems with being overweight but I know people who have. It can be pretty hard to deal with when you realize that, unlike something like smoking or drinking where you can just choose not to buy cigarettes or alcohol, you do have to eat food. This sounds like a good book worth checking out!

  3. Linda Manns Linneman October 10, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I am going to have to read this book. I am about twenty pounds over weight and I know I go to food for comfort. I have also had quite a bit of tragedy in my family. Thank you for sharing this

  4. Tamra Phelps October 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    It sounds like a book I ought to read. I’ve been overweight since I was about 6. I’d love to see a book really examine the issue & not just tell us what diet we need!

  5. denise smith October 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    this sounds like a book i should read

  6. Rachel Beltz October 10, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    This sounds like the type of book that I would get sucked into… I don’t know why, but books involving confidence always interest me!

  7. Maria Malaveci October 10, 2015 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    I think that I would really enjoy reading this! Thanks for the review

  8. Claudia October 10, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I was hoping that this book was a funny book about an overweight girl. I myself am overweight and based on what you said would like to read to the book. We all know we need to have self confidence but some it’s easier said that done. I am curious to read what you found fascination about her take on this.

  9. Dianna Davis October 11, 2015 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Oh I know I need to read this– I too have a great problem with my weight, self confunside, and using foods when I’m blue, and I know I do but I can’t stop, I’m happy I eat, I’m busy,I eat. I am a foodaholic for sure– Thanks so much for your review..

  10. ellen beck October 11, 2015 at 1:42 am - Reply

    It sounds like an interesting book now you have me curious about the ending. Obesity is a huge problem but so much of it in my opinion is how there is a social economical difference.

  11. Irma October 11, 2015 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Looks like a great read for everyone who struggles with overweight.

  12. Terri S October 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a good read. I’ll have to check it out. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Jerry Marquardt October 11, 2015 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    This looks like a very great book, it has a twist of humor. I can barely wait to read it.

  14. lisa October 12, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Obesity is a huge problem. I understand that some medications can cause weight gain but a big factor is that people just eat too much.Not only does it look physically bad, it’s unhealthy. From childhood we’re told eat three meals a day, you can’t leave until the plates clean… It often starts at a young age. no adult has to eat three meals, plus snack. Then they wonder why they’re fat! Eat slowly and when you’re full, put the fork down!

    • Susan Bewley October 12, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Actually, most doctors recommend that you eat 4 meals a day and snacks. Most other countries eat more times a day. Its more American’s have a hard time with portion control and picking the right foods. 🙂

  15. Donna October 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I love that it’s a book that will make you laugh. I sometimes need that break from my usual reads.

  16. Shannon October 14, 2015 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this book, it sounds like something I should read. Food addictions are usually part of a bigger problem.

  17. Jayne October 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I’m not an emotional eater, I don’t overeat, I eat a diet with very little processed food that is almost completely GF/DF and I’m still overweight.

    It’s not always an addiction.

  18. Jo-Ann Brightman October 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I like,that this book covers more than just the addiction and try’s to explain why addiction occurs.

  19. Saundra McKenzie October 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to read this book. I am also an emotional eater.

  20. Sarah L October 18, 2015 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the review.

  21. Connie Blasing October 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for reviewing the book. I’ve been thinking about reading it and have just requested it from my local library.

  22. Janis Gibel October 19, 2015 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    It took a lot of courage for Ms. Wagner to make public what amounts to her diary. Thank you for sharing her book with us. I can empathize with her life since my life has been a battle of obesity, bad relationships and health issues.

  23. lauri October 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I think I need to get my hands on this book now. I have been struggling with weight gain since the pain killers and nerve blockers my Dr had me on and that was a side effect but I never struggled with my weight in the past so I never thought it would happen to me. Now I stress eat, and I admit it. I feel as I can relate to this book.

  24. lisa October 21, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    You got that right. In this country people do have a problem with portion control. As far as the medical community goes although I do respect them ideals change. We can agree to disagree on that, no problem!

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