bad  fat


a reflection on plus-size bodies in a cookie-cutter culture

by Ali Owens

"Thought-provoking and thoughtful."

"This book isn't only for plus-size people - it's for ALL people."

"Honest and real. This is a must-read."

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– About the Book –

Too many of us have forgotten that hating our bodies is a learned behavior, not a natural one. Too many of us have been shamed into submission, leaping from one diet to the next and causing ourselves physical and emotional damage as a result. Too many plus-size folks have spent our lives being Good Fat People - that is, following a strict set of rules to ensure we are always trying to take up less space in the world. 

What if we could be Bad Fat People instead? What if we could wear what we wanted, dare to be seen, recognize ourselves as inherently worthy, and - most importantly - love ourselves just the way we are?

In this book, Ali Owens gets real about our cultural obsession with thinness by exploring its oppressive roots, challenging commonly held stereotypes about fatness and fat people, and sharing her own experiences of living in a body that has been thin, fat, and everything in between. Most importantly, she presents a set of tools - the tools she used to finally move from a place of self-hatred to unconditional self-love, dress size notwithstanding.


Part memoir and part social commentary, Bad Fat Person will make you laugh, make you cry, and provide practical applications for dismantling your own limiting beliefs about your body and embarking on the journey toward unconditional self-love. (Hint: the number on the scale has nothing to do with it.)

– About the Author –

Ali Owens is a blogger, self-love advocate, and multi-passionate creative who finds great fulfillment in using her gifts to empower others and speak out against inequality. A domestic violence and sexual assault survivor, she uses her own experiences with healing and recovery to help others take back their power, dismantle limiting belief systems, and embrace radical self-love.

Ali feels most alive when she is traveling, expressing her creativity, rebelling against the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, and tapping into her intuition. She lives in the vibrant community of Fort Collins, Colorado, where she enjoys singing, sipping tea, spending time with friends, family, and pets, and seeking out new hobbies she probably doesn't have time for.

Read her blog, The Art of Empowered Living, and connect online at

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