Nashville, TN (PRWEB) February 18, 2010
Pat Ballard would like to declare a cease fire in the so-called "war on obesity."
As a young woman the Nashville romance and motivational author almost died trying to starve her body into a societally approved size. Now, as First Lady Michelle Obama's "childhood obesity prevention" campaign fuels negativity toward bodies deemed unacceptably fat, Ballard is encouraging loving action through a peace treaty she encourages those weary of war to sign.
The "Peace Treaty with My Body in the War on Obesity" begins with a declaration that "I now deem my body to be in a free sovereign and independent situation...and that I will relinquish all claims of territorial rights that would allow me to take away the freedom for it to be the natural size it needs to be."
Ten sections or "articles" later, It ends with " I, ________________, will do my utmost to follow these Articles every day and live in peace with the body that I have been allowed to walk through this earth in. For it is the vehicle that carries me through life."
In between, the Peace Treaty declares that each individual who signs the treaty "shall henceforth listen to my body when it tries to tell me something. I shall make it a point to listen when it says it needs a certain food, or when it doesn't need or want a particular food, or when it needs rest, or when something more serious is wrong. And no other person will be allowed to cause me to take a stand against what my body is telling me."
It adds that "the choice of the size of my body shall forever remain free and open to be decided by my body's genetic makeup, physical setpoint and any extenuating circumstances that might arise."
The Peace Treaty was originally published online in Ballard's February 2010 newsletter, The Queen's Proclamation. A PDF version can be downloaded at http://www.pearlsong.com (the website of Ballard's publisher, Pearlsong Press) or at http://www.patballard.com.
Ballard is the author of 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are), as well as six novels and a collection of short stories featuring big beautiful heroines. She also has a free nonfiction ebook, Something to Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances, that can be downloaded at http://www.pearlsong.com or http://www.patballard.com.
Pat's books are available through Amazon.com or other online booksellers, local bookstores, Ingram Book Group wholesalers, and directly from the publisher at http://www.pearlsong.com, P.O. Box 58065, Nashville, TN 37205, or (866) 4-A-PEARL.
Peggy Elam (615) 356-5188
Pat Ballard (615) 426-3327