With the findings of Wood-Barcalow, Tylka, and Augustus-Horwath (2009) as a framework, this essay offers an analysis of two texts portraying fat protagonists: The Summer of Jordi Perez and the Best Burger in L.A. by Amy Spalding and To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin. I examine the authors’ depictions of fat characters to determine if the characters align with Wood-Barcalow, Tylka, and Augustus-Horwath’s (2009) definition of body positivity. Using critical content analysis (Short, 2017), I consider how relationships, environment, and self-concept support and work against body positive attitudes. This essay also includes suggestions for how educators can use these texts and others to promote transformative discourse (Mirra, 2018) in their classrooms.
Davis, Laura M.
"Muffintops, Fat Rolls, and Self Love: Using Fat Young Adult Texts to Promote Body Positivity,"
Language Arts Journal of Michigan:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.9707/2168-149X.2288