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(It wasn't particularly body-positive, let's just say, but I am looking for it anyway).

Anthology. I thought it was pretty mainstream, like Datlow or Greenberg or Dozois, but no matter how I search I cannot find it. It was not super-old, but not published in the last couple of years either. I don't think that it was small press.

Stories included, I think, one about a girl in hospital for anorexia who turns the tables on her family/captors, one about an immobilized woman who is rescued at the end by an EMT or firefighter, one where a group of spacers are captive and fed high-calorie, addictive food that only one of them realizes is intended to fatten them up.

  • So this was a "theme" anthology? – Spencer Mar 19 at 23:02
  • Exactly, Spencer, but all my searches on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. have been fruitless. – Kyri Freeman Mar 19 at 23:16
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    Some Googling gave me this. – Spencer Mar 19 at 23:32
  • It isn't that one, but the colleague who wants the other one may be interested in that too. Thanks – Kyri Freeman Mar 20 at 0:28
  • Took me a bit to find the one I was thinking of...Such a Pretty Face, edited by Lee Martindale. I don't know if it's the one you're looking for. – mkennedy Mar 20 at 3:06
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I've seen this question elsewhere via an intermediary and suggested two anthologies at that point: The Science Fiction Weight Loss Book ed. Asimov et al (1983) or Fat ed. Kit Reed (1974).

I think the latter is mostly mainstream fiction, but with some sf/f included (and Reed of course had sf/f credentials, among other things).

I haven't read either anthology myself so do not know if any stories therein match the plot points noted.

  • Seeing as you're not sure if either of these are correct could you edit to say where you saw these suggestions? If it's only could you add a link in? – TheLethalCarrot Mar 22 at 15:46
  • Searching google books for '"the food farm" kit reed' finds a match in the anthology "Weird Women, Wired Women"; the text is viewable there. The (overweight) protagonist is sent to a facility by her parents to lose weight and in the end gets her revenge on them by imprisoning them and forcing them to gain all the weight she lost and can not regain. I don't know if that matches what the OP is looking for or not. – DavidW Mar 22 at 17:05
  • Note that the ISFDB entry for "Fat" only lists 3 of the 20 stories/essays in the collection: library entry for Fat – DavidW Mar 22 at 17:24

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