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Fat Cow, Fat Chance by Jenni Murray

Fat Cow, Fat Chance: The science and psychology of size

Jenni Murray

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2 reviews

Imprint: Doubleday
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 16 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9780857525840

Interwoven with the science, social history and psychology of weight management, Fat Cow, Fat Chance is a refreshingly honest account of what it's like to be fat when society dictates that skinny is the norm.

4 stars out of 5
Janice Turner
16 Jul 2020

"a powerful, poignant tale of dieting and despair"

I admire Murray’s bravery in revealing all her indignities in this book: asking for extension seatbelts on planes, needing hip replacements, ignoring cruel catcalls. But I especially admire her admission that she feels that she cheated when six years ago she resorted to a gastric sleeve procedure (where a portion of the stomach is removed, reducing stomach capacity). Like a speed-limiting device on a car, it automatically limited her appetite.


3 stars out of 5
Rachel Cooke
12 Jul 2020

"Murray’s memoir-cum-polemic about her lifelong struggle with her size is a lightweight in a crowded field"

 By trying to do everything, Fat Cow, Fat Chance does nothing properly. It skims where it should dive, and it too often falls into cliche. Any minute now, I thought, she’s going to say that in her childhood olive oil was something you bought at the chemist when you had ear ache. Sure enough, she did just this, in the very next paragraph. The book’s USP is Murray herself, a good and widely beloved radio presenter, and thus a woman with many fans. If you’re one of these, and you’re interested in the increasingly vexed issue of how we became so large – 28.7% of adults in the UK are now obese – Fat Cow, Fat Chance might be for you.