Join us for a virtual event celebrating the release of You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People by Aubrey Gordon! Aubrey will be joining us via Zoom webinar for a reading, conversation, and audience Q&A in honor of her new book. For this event, Aubrey will be in conversation with Virginia Sole-Smith. 


The co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast and creator of Your Fat Friend equips you with the facts to debunk common anti-fat myths and with tools to take action for fat justice

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. We’re 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.

Aubrey Gordon writes under the pseudonym of “Your Fat Friend,” illuminating the experiences of fat people and urging greater compassion for people of all sizes. Her work has reached millions of readers and has been translated into 19 languages. She is co-host of the Maintenace Phase podcast and a columnist with SELF magazine. Her work has also been featured in Health magazine, Vox, and Gay Mag, among others. She lives in the Northwest, where she works as a writer and organizer. Connect with her at, and as YrFatFriend on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Virginia Sole-Smith is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her work also appears in the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and many other publications. She writes the newsletter Burnt Toast, where she explores fatphobia, diet culture, parenting and health, and also hosts the Burnt Toast Podcast. Her latest book, Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture, investigates how the “war on childhood obesity” has caused kids of all ages to absorb a daily onslaught of body shame from peers, school, diet culture, and parents themselves — and offers research-based strategies to help parents name and navigate the anti-fat bias that infiltrates our schools, doctor’s offices and family dinner tables. Virginia lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, two daughters, a cat, a dog, and way too many houseplants.

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Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 7:00pm
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“You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People (Myths Made in America) By Aubrey Gordon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807006474
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Beacon Press - January 10th, 2023

Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture By Virginia Sole-Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250831217
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 25th, 2023