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Before she knew what a calorie was, Karen Kataline was allowed to have only five hundred of them. She was seven. Forced into the spotlight by her weight-obsessed mother, Kataline spent her childhood trapped in a world of pageants, performances, and perpetual hunger. In a subconscious attempt to cover herself, Kataline tells us her story of using food and weight-gain to shield herself from the eyes that roved her.

Amid heated controversy about the obesity epidemic, food regulation, and child beauty pageants, Kataline’s timely memoir Fatlash! offers an unprecedented look at an adult who finally came to an understanding about how her experiences affected her. While Fatlash! reads like fiction, this true story exposes the truth about putting children on display and policing what they eat. Now is the time to take action against both—and Kataline’s story does just that.

Relevant to all readers, her timeless story will continue to serve as caution against what not to do for years to come.


Author and speaker Karen Kataline received her master’s degree from Columbia University and has practiced in a variety of non-profit and corporate settings. She has been an assertiveness trainer and public speaking coach for a Manhattan communications firm and has taught communications and public speaking at the New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design in New York, New Jersey’s Montclair State College, and Fairleigh Dickenson University, among others. She also lends her operatic voice to a variety of fundraisers and community events. Fatlash! is her first book.

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Speaking with Amy Oliver about FATLASH!
September 14, 10:15-11:00 AM MDT.
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Karen Kataline discusses her new book “Fatlash!”


People can’t look away. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is getting better ratings than the political conventions. Brandon Rathert, NewsRadio 1620 in Pensacola, wants to talk about it and about FATLASH!  4:35MDT and 6:35EDT.


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Ethan and Lou Morning Show, WRKI in Brookfield Connecticut on Monday, August 28 at 9:00AM Eastern time. to talk about FATLASH!  Food Police & the Fear of Thin.



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Curiousity about Honey Boo Boo and constant speculation about her future could be part of what has made her a star. Can credible predictions be made about her or the growing number of other highly-sexualized little girls on programs like Toddlers and Tiaras? Or will we have to wait twenty or more years to learn the real impact of their experiences?

Karen Kataline was first put on the stage at the age of three and had a “stage mother on steroids.” Complete with instruction in how to wiggle her hips in front of large crowds, starvation diets and hours in a makeup chair, Kataline had a beauty pageant childhood.

It wasn’t until her thirties and after earning a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, that Kataline begin to unravel the secrets of how she really felt as a child on display.

In her new memoir, FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin Kataline details her experiences with humor and some startling insights as she explains the psychodynamics of how some parents live vicariously through their children. Her compelling story also illustrates how adults and children alike, may use obesity as protection from unwanted attention and sexual display.

Rather than falling out of favor, child pageants have exploded in popularity and controversy since the tragic case of JonBenet Ramsey kept the country spellbound in 1996. FATLASH! is one of the first personal accounts by an adult who is qualified to explain the complex issues involved. “I don’t advocate banning these pageants, but if we can do a better job of informing people about what these girls are likely to face as they develop, I believe parents will make better choices to protect their children,” Kataline said.

With a Foreword by Martina Cartwright, Ph.D, RD., who has written extensively about child pageants and eating disorders for Psychology Today Online, FATLASH! is a groundbreaking, personal account of the real consequences of thrusting children into adult sexuality and what we should be doing about it.

Author and speaker, Karen Kataline, MSW, has practiced in a variety of non-profit and corporate settings. Fatlash! is her first book. For more information visit

Fatlash! Food Police and The Fear of Thin — A Cautionary Tale will be available November 1 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

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