Fat is an 8-Letter Word

May 5, 2015 by

Fat is an 8-Letter Word

One evening a few years ago, the TV news featured a story about a woman who’d given birth to a set of twins. The babies, both girls, were fraternal twins. Baby #1 was frail and malnourished, weighing in at less than two pounds, while Baby #2 was fat and healthy. Somehow, Baby #2 had received most of the nourishment in their mother’s womb. Baby #1 spent weeks in the hospital’s neo-natal unit. Baby #2 went home much sooner.


'Fatty Kathy' - When she weights 300lbsI couldn’t stop thinking about those babies: one fat, one thin. Would Baby #1 gain weight and catch up with her sister, or would Baby #2 always be fatter? What would they be like as adults? I’d always wanted to write a book about being overweight. I was a big baby (I weighed in at over 9 lbs. at birth), a chubby little girl, and a fat teenager. By the time I graduated from high school, I weighed 300 lbs. I never had a date, I never went to my high school prom, and I never thought a boy would ever want to kiss me, let alone marry me. Maybe you think I’m crazy, but that’s honestly how I felt. No one but another overweight person understands the pain of what it is like to live in a society which worships the concept of ‘thin is beautiful‘.


I lost the extra pounds many years ago, and I’ve maintained a healthy weight for nearly 40 years. But I know plenty of people (especially women) have self-esteem issues when it comes to their bodies. Lord knows I still have my own issues. That TV news feature about the thin/fat twin sisters was the inspiration for my first novel, Fatty Patty. Once I had the characters down, Patty’s voice took off in my head. She’s a real chatterbox, and I learned to keep a pad of paper and pencil close by because I never knew when Patty would start talking. I didn’t want to miss a word. Patty had so much emotional baggage: guilt that she was the one responsible for Priscilla being so scrawny at birth; shame, at being the fat twin; duty, to live up to her late mother’s admonishment: ‘Take care of your sister, Patty… she’ll never be strong like you.


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Why is ‘FAT’ an 8-letter word? FAT = Facebook. Patty’s book was published three years ago, but she’s still talking (which comes as no surprise to me). Patty has a lot to say, and she’s now on Facebook. Click here to find Patty on Facebook. Please give her a ‘like’ and check out her page. She’s always chatting about something, especially food-related issues. Remember, overeating is a disease. It’s a disease that can kill: emotionally, spiritually, physically. We’re all in this together… you, me, and Patty. Together, we get better.


~ Kathleen

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