Studies reveal a positive correlation using literature as a tool of healing. Fat-Haters’ club Author draws upon her use of expressive arts, splits herself into four different personalities, opens up about her eating disorder, while finding way to encourage others through her writing
Las Vegas, Nevada, November 25, 2008. Tanya Attebery, a high school counselor, admits she was the tormented fat girl, but after losing the weight her life was not the perfect scenario one may see glamorized on the big screen. After losing the weight, she got mean. Her physical looks changed, but instead of being flattered by positive comments she flew into fits of rage. She turned into a Fat-Hater. Any fat on her body became the enemy and she did everything possible to keep off the weight, resulting in the overuse of diet pills, laxatives, starving, binging, purging, and ultimately a choice of suicide.
“I want my readers to know that this book is based on fiction, but many of the characters’ experiences were real. My view of myself was warped because I believed if I did not fit into the ‘perfect body’ type that I was more than ugly; I was hideous. I felt like I should not be alive because I didn’t ‘fit-in.’”
In her book, Fat-Haters’ Club, she splits herself into four very culturally diverse teenage girls who happen to meet in an English classroom. They are all overweight and decide to form a club where they can feel safe and encourage each other as not only fat girls, but as friends. As the weight sheds, they think their lives will become perfect, but it is just an illusion. This illusion of perfection spirals out of control as the girls realize that they look different outwardly, but on the inside they all face the ugly side of self-loathing.
“Rosemary, Heather, Cindy, and Lisa are all parts of me. Each one owns a part of my personal story. Each one has a different outcome, so as you read you can look from different vantage points.”
“Building a dialogue with our young people is imperative” and with over 12 years experience as an educator, Mrs. Attebery uses expressive arts as a way to foster self-appraisal. Bibliotherapy is a way for an individual to vicariously see how a person encounters and solves a problem. Use of Expressive arts is an outlet for creativity and imagination while exploring the healing process.
Tanya Attebery continues to work as a high school counselor in Las Vegas, Nevada while attending book signings and events. She is available for television, radio, and print interviews. Her website www.dreamsdontfade.com provides information on her book along with the reviews written and photographed with her husband.
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