Fat No More by Alberto Hidalgo-robert
A Teenager's Victory over Obesity

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“My life was a circus and a comedy show by the age of three months: I was already the size of a one-year-old! I was hairy with big cheeks, big legs, feet akin to tamales and hands like an over-stuffed pita bread,” writes twenty-year-old Alberto Hidalgo-Robert in this fascinating memoir about his lifelong struggle with obesity.

The first grandchild born into his family in El Salvador, Alberto is showered with attention and gifts. Soon, though, he is known as “El Gordito,” or the little fat boy. By the age of seven, he weighed a whopping 120 pounds and his pediatrician had started him on a diet. By the time he was nine he had tried ten different diets. His life became a vicious cycle of eating to excess, sneaking food and lying to himself and his parents; he was the butt of practical jokes and teased by peers and strangers, ultimately turning into a recluse, addicted to food and television.

From the low point of his descent into obesity hell, Hidalgo-Robert chronicles how he was able to take hold of his life, reinvent himself and become a model for other teenagers who are battling weight issues. A spirited tale of a young man who lost his way, this book offers a roadmap for living a healthy life and regaining self-respect and social acceptance. Each chapter contains “battling” tools, examples of both good and bad behavior and typical self-deceptions in the war to conquer oneself and live a healthier life. He even includes easy-to-make recipes for delicious foods that will appeal to any teenager.
An absorbing account of one young person’s attempts to deal with obesity, this cautionary tale is for anyone interested in this country’s leading health issue.


“In this touching and often humorous memoir, a young Latino man from Texas recalls his childhood as the obese center of his extended family. Teenagers, and perhaps especially Latino readers, will relate to his struggles with family expectations and sabotage.” — VOYA

About Alberto Hidalgo-robert

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Published April 30, 2012 by Arte Público Press. 180 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Aside from cutting out TV (“I was screaming in my seething mind,” he declaims upon learning this) those changes all seem to involve categorizing foods and limiting the intake of certain kinds, but never mind: Five years after starting, he’s 69 pounds lighter.

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A disarmingly brash weight-loss memoir from the college-age creator of the Healthy Bert: No Child Left with a Big Behind Foundation.

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Throughout, Bert personifies “Television” and “Obesity” as adversaries and points to a lack of self-esteem (and a lack of control on his family’s part) as factors that contributed to his weight gain.

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Using his parents as a source to trigger memories from his early days as the cherished first grandchild in El Salvador, Hidalgo-Robert pinpoints the ways in which obesity in a young child insidiously became a normal state for his family.

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