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Fat Dad, Fat Kid

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gavin Butler, Shay Butler

Narrated By: Shay Butler, Gavin Butler

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: December 2015

Duration: 4 hours 24 minutes


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 thirty, Shay was nearly 300 pounds. Motivated by the fear that he could have a heart attack before thirty-five, 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 thirty-five, 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 thirty-day challenge with him to eat clean and do thirty 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 thirty 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 easy.


  • Doug Pallman

    wow, what a great audiobook!! I can honestly say that Fat Dad, Fat Kid without a doubt should be experienced through the audiobook. Shay and Gavin add an element of realness as they read the book. It is as if you are sitting in the room with them hanging out. what is cool about this story is it will motivate you to become healthier while also getting a better understanding of the life of this remarkable family. Shay is a very unique, influential and humble human making it nearly impossible not to repect and like him and his imperfect family and life! the Butler family deserves all that they have accomplished. I guarantee this is only the beginning for this family!!! a must listen audiobook!!!

  • Cindy Johnson

    Great father son book and Love this family! It's great to hear about parents caring so much about their kids and especially their health. Doing a health regimen as a team with your kid is so great and more families should do that!!

  • beth gunn

    Shay And Gavin i love love love this book oh and by the way happy aniversary to Colette and Shay love you guys

  • Colin Hicks

    Really a great book. It's not just about weight lose, it shares perspectives and ideas that can be applied to any part of your life. Plus, it's narrated by the authors which makes it more relatable. Congrats Shay and Gavin! Super cool accomplishment!

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