Phat Girls Anthology

August 15, 2008 10:00 ET

Women Write Out About Body Image

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2008) - The upcoming anthology creating a buzz from celebrities and locals - Phat Girls in Search of a Pretty World: Hot Lil' Fat Chicks Speakin' Out! explores women's body image (BI), weight issues and contributing factors like racial difference, disability, eating problems, media-entertainment influences, job discrimination, fat stereotypes etc. impacting women's body image. Oh, did we forget to mention...sex?

"Looking in the mirror, what we think about our reflection impacts every aspect of our lives. Self perceptions, also molded through interactions with others, helps shape what we see as achievable goals for ourselves," says anthology editor Jill Andrew. With size 14 being the North American female average, it's time to see more representation year-round. "It still takes too long to find size 16/18 FASHIONABLE jeans and before the health critics bark, I LOVE exercise and I'm a water buff!" laughs Andrew.

Andrew, award-winning journalist and BI workshop facilitator is director of the upcoming Toronto International Body Image Film/Arts Festival. She frequents the media discussing women's issues and is the national 2007 Michele Landsberg Media Activism award recipient.

Currently accepting submissions, Phat Girls is supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

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