Rachel is determined to be thin and healthy — even if it means starving herself to be skinny like all the other girls. But after tying and failing to diet over and over she's ready to give up. Can she find a way to be healthy and happy? There has to be a way right? Join Rachel on her journey into herself and back out again.
Rachel Boatfield, the pseudonymous author of Escaping the Fat Girl, has struggled with weight issues and overeating her entire life, starting around age 12. She wrote the book she wishes she could have read as a teen before she ever got on the yo-yo dieting insanity train. The author’s goals are to help as many people as she can, of all ages, to deal with food and weight issues.
To this day, Rachel considers herself a recovering compulsive eater. When Rachel had children, she was desperate to avoid passing her food issues on to them. All around her, she saw pre-teen young women feeling insecure and beginning to gain weight and diet. All the hard-won lessons the author has learned for herself over the past 30 years about the real source of health are squeezed into three years of high school in the book for young Rachel.
Because weight and self-image are such deeply personal and emotional issues for the author, and due to a range of health concerns, she chooses to remain anonymous. Even imagining being in the public eye becomes a source of extreme stress and pressure. Instead, Rachel chooses to concentrate on her family and on her continued health, and hopes you can connect with her through your love of this book.
If this book could prevent just one person from entering into a lifetime struggle with weight and self-image, she says, or help one person step off the crazy train, then this book will have been worth all the effort. Rachel currently plans to write a second “how she did it” book, too, in an effort to transform her lifelong struggles into help for others.