Fat: A Life Unfiltered – COMING SOON!
Well folks, in the “better late than never” department…I have exciting news! My book is ALMOST ready, and I want you to be the first to know when you can get your copy or download it to your Kindle.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send you an email the day the book is released so you can be one of the first to read it. And don’t worry, I won’t share your email with anyone or use it for any other purpose.
I’ve posted the press release with more information below, or click here to read the introduction. Don’t forget to send me that email to reserve your copy!
Nearly forty percent of American adults are obese, and Jon Stanton is one of them. The Sarasota resident has struggled with obesity most of his life, “I was already wearing adult-sized clothes in third grade,” he said, and now he’s written a book about what it’s like to grow up and live as a fat man.
“Fat – A Life Unfiltered” tells it how it is, but with an emphasis on more humorous experiences of being overweight. “When you’re more than 100 pounds overweight for most of your life, funny things happen to you that don’t happen to thin people or even people who are just slightly overweight,” Stanton said. “It also affects your worldview, the decisions you make, how you form relationships – almost everything about your life is impacted in some way.”
Stanton said he wanted to keep most of the book humorous because laughter opens people’s hearts, allowing them to feel the pain and shame the extremely obese experience without being overwhelmed. The entire book isn’t funny, though. “I took time to discuss what goes on in our heads,” he said. “Nearly everyone I know who is as big as I am struggles with low self-esteem and negative self-talk, as well as denial. I couldn’t leave those things out of the narrative.”
Stanton has been as heavy as 430 pounds and as light as 200 pounds, within just a couple years of each other. From 2007-2009, he lost 230 pounds through eating better and exercising regularly (he did not follow a specific diet plan), and he kept the weight off for almost five years. He completed two half-marathons, a century ride (100 miles in one day) on his bike and appeared on NBC’s “Today” and the “700 Club” to tell his success story to others who struggle with weight. He also won the Governor’s Fitness Award from former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
“Those were some of the best years of my life. I was speaking to groups regularly about healthy living, I met and married my wife, I was riding my bike 3,000 miles annually and felt great. But old demons are hard to keep at bay forever, and unfortunately, I eventually gained back more than 100 of those pounds.”
That, Stanton said, is why he wrote the book. “Battling weight all the time, especially in our food-saturated culture, is exhausting. I wanted to encourage people who have struggled, let them know they aren’t alone, and try to help people who have never struggled understand we aren’t just lazy, unmotivated creatures with no willpower.”