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‘Fat Sex’ Author Contends Intimacy is for All Shapes and Sizes

A new book titled “Fat Sex” highlights an interesting truth about intimacy and weight. In the book, author Rebecca Jane Weinstein dispels myths about large-size people and their desires, and confronts the romance issues of all body types. Bottom line, regardless of our bodies, we all have an appetite for intimacy.

The book “Fat Sex: The Naked Truth” is a collection of stories from the author and many others. While Weinstein is obese herself, the book focuses on all types of people’s weight issues and their dealings with love and romance. Weinstein told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie that she gave the book a head-turning title to get people’s attention and break down previous stereotypes about large-size people.

Weinstein wants people to understand that larger people aren’t unattractive to everyone, they’re not asexual, and are interested in sex and intimate relations. She felt these were the most common misunderstandings about people of her stature.

Furthermore, nutritionist Keri Glassman joined the discussion to point out the common thread found among all of the stories Weinstein collected. Whether the subjects in the stories were obese, anorexic, or just uncomfortable in their own skin, most believed they weren’t worthy of an intimate relationship. Glass explained how a positive body image is a key element for people of all shapes to be comfortable in a relationship.

The whole subject is interesting. Weinstein explained how she’s struggled with her weight since childhood, however, she’s managed to control her self image. She’s now comfortable in her own skin, whatever the current size may be, and she’s confident in her intimate relationships. At the same time Glassman explained how some of her clients who may be five pounds under weight don’t exercise the same confidence. It seems our images need fed just as properly as our bodies do.

The author draws the conclusion that humans have fat and sex on the brain all day long, as if the two are in a constant “volatile relationship.” We all yearn for intimacy and connection with another, but that darn body and self image seem to get in the way. Your body needs nutrients and it apparently needs intimacy, too. Just like it’s recommended to treat yourself to healthy, nutritious food, it’s also wise to learn to like yourself and stop depriving yourself of the intimacy your body needs.

Also Read:

Jenny McCarthy Credits her Playboy Body to Diet, Yoga and Sex 

Christina Hendricks on Fitness and Body Image 

Janet Jackson on Body Image and Extreme Dieting

July 18th, 2012

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