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written by Leslie C. Glass

As large women in America, we spend our entire lives consuming information that sends the message—sometimes subtle, but often harsh and unkind—that we are not valued. As a result, we often internalize these messages as negative beliefs about ourselves and begin to treat ourselves accordingly . . . settling for less than we deserve in every aspect of our lives. This book is the beginning of a conversation about how we get here, and what we can do to reclaim a sense of personal power in how we live. It is the large woman’s road map for a lifelong journey of well being that is derived from the knowledge that living well is our fundamental right.

Inside, you will find everything that you need to begin to tear up the narrative that large women deserve substandard treatment and to replace it with a renewed sense of your own worth. What you will NOT find is a single sentence that suggests that you need to change anything about your body in order to live a full and satisfying life. Come and join the revolution!

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Meet the Author

Leslie C. Glass is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and couples and family therapist (MFT) with 26 years of experience working in the mental health field. Since 2007, she has owned and operated a private psychotherapy practice in Philadelphia, PA, specializing in providing therapeutic support for the LGBTQ+ and ethnic minority communities, and in the treatment of trauma-related disorders. She is also currently building a niche and specialty around clinical work with women who live in large bodies.

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Format: Paperback

Pages:  153

ISBN PB: 978-1-958754-58-0

Release Date: 5/14/2024


“This fascinating book is better than I ever expected to see in my lifetime on this topic. It is nothing less than an up-to-date survival guide for large women. Its author shows an outstanding grasp of the pitfalls of growing up large, and the remedies and resources that have become available. [One of the] highlights for me [is when she gives a well-deserved nod] to size acceptance pioneer, Kelly Bliss.


“In chapter after chapter, and especially [with] her [journaling prompts] in each chapter, she has great advice, written by someone who has a lifetime of experience in improving her life as a large woman.

“The inclusion of outstanding footnotes throughout the book, as well as lists of resources in the appendices, is worth the price of the book, even if author Glass had written nothing else!”

— Bill Fabrey Founder, National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) and President, Council on Size & Weight Discrimination Author’s Note: For more information about the history of NAAFA, visit https://naafa.org/history


“Reading Leslie Glass’s book, Size Matters: The Large Woman’s Comprehensive Guide to Living Well is a gentle and refreshing reminder that all of us—every body—is entitled to a basic set of rights. Glass uses her earlier publication, “The Large Person’s Bill of Rights,” as a framework for unpacking the myriad ways in which fat people are often denied basic human rights and as an argument for resisting (and even thriving) in a fatphobic culture.


“This book is a wonderfully practical and useful tool for people at every stage of the journey towards body acceptance. In a series of journaling exercises that accompany each chapter, Glass simultaneously challenges readers to hold themselves accountable for their participation in fatpho-

bic culture, while also encouraging a gentle, even liberatory mindset. . . . She challenges readers to inventory and reflect upon their own thoughts about bodies, habits, and emotions surrounding living in bodies that challenge cultural norms.


“. . . her work is profoundly personal and written from the perspective of what it’s like to be a larger . . . woman who has experienced the pains and joys of living in her body. Her voice joins an important body of work by fat people about fat people. I would enthusiastically share this book with anyone interested in living less fearfully and more joyfully in their bodies.”

— Darci Thoune, PhD Professor, English, University of Wisconsin-La Cross

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