Fat Dad, Fat Kid

  • by Shay Butler, Gavin Butler
  • Narrated by Shay Butler, Gavin Butler
  • 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In today's world, where fast-food restaurants, soda, and processed foods reign supreme, does "fat dad" have to mean "fat kid"? Digital entrepreneur and beloved vlogger Shay Butler and his preteen son, Gavin, decided to find out the answer for themselves.
Before Shay became famous for vlogging about life with his boisterous brood of five, known on YouTube as the Shaytards, he was like many other American dads: He worked 9 to 5 to pay the bills, ate double bacon cheeseburgers during his lunch breaks, sipped soda throughout the day, and watched Netflix with handfuls of candy. These small behaviors added up, and before he turned 30, Shay was nearly 300 pounds.
Motivated by the fear that he could have a heart attack before 35, Shay decided to make incremental changes to his eating habits and exercise regimen. Adopting the attitude that every action, no matter how small, was better than what he was doing before, Shay lost more than 100 pounds and ran four marathons, becoming a source of inspiration for everyone who followed his journey on his ShayLoss channel on YouTube. Now, at the age of 35, Shay has discovered that "maintaining" is the hard part. He has also seen how some of his hard-to-break habits are affecting his children, particularly his eldest son, Gavin, who grew up during the years when his dad had "a little extra Shay on him."
Determined to get back into shape and inspire his son along the way, Shay asked Gavin to embark on a 30-day challenge with him to eat clean and do 30 minutes of exercise a day. Full of Shay's signature blend of humor, honesty, and unbridled enthusiasm, Fat Dad, Fat Kid chronicles the ups and downs of Shay and Gavin's 30 days together, reflects on Shay's lifelong struggle with health and fitness, and proves that it's never too late for parents or children to embrace a healthier lifestyle - even when it doesn't come easily.


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Customer Reviews

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As I sit here in my work truck as a 330lbs man after just finishing your book, I am more inspired and amped to change my life around and be healthy. I am going to share this amazing book with my family and friends. Thank you so much.
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- Jessica

Loved this book!

What did you love best about Fat Dad, Fat Kid?

I love the Shaytards, and I too have been the fat kid all of my life. Shay has inspired me a number of times throughout the last 7 years, including losing 70 lbs. of my own! I loved that He opens up about his struggles, his efforts and how he will NEVER give up! It gives me hope and inspires me to keep going! I also loved the snippets of Gavin's thoughts and stories! What a great kid!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite story is how he was inspired to write this book! What a fun story to be ordering cinnamon rolls and thinking I need to write this weight loss book!

Which character – as performed by Shay Butler and Gavin Butler – was your favorite?

Shays love for his kids! THE BEST!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Lets Flip-in Do This!

Any additional comments?

Congrats on this awesome book!

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- Beth Jewkes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio