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Born and raised in Texas, Lonie McMichael grew up in a conservative atmosphere. She wanted to be a writer for as long as she could remember. After graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s in history, she lived in the Austin area for 15 years – an experience that opened her mind and heart to a more conscious way of living. During most of those years, she practiced her trade as a technical writer in the high tech industry.

Lonie found fat acceptance in 2003, the year she entered graduate school to study technical communication. As she continued her studies in both areas, she found that fat studies dovetailed nicely with medical rhetoric, an area of tech comm. During this time, she found her calling in fat studies, exploring the fat individual’s experience. Graduating with a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University in 2010, Lonie wrote her dissertation on the medical rhetoric surrounding the “war on obesity” and how such rhetoric legitimizes fat prejudice – topics which have now become two separate books: Talking Fat: Health vs. Persuasion in the War on our Bodies and Acceptable Prejudice: Fat and Social Justice. At this time, she is teaching professional and technical writing at University of Colorado Colorado Springs and working on her third book about things fat.