America's Food Addiction--and My Own

eBook - 2013
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Mika Brzezinski is at war against obesity. On Morning Joe, she is adamant about improving America's eating habits. She believes it's time we all learned to stop blaming ourselves, and each other, and look at the real culprits-the food we eat and our addiction to it.
Publisher: New York : Weinstein Publishing, 2013.
ISBN: 9781602861770
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (257 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ksoles Aug 14, 2013

MSNBC star Mika Brzezinski once told her best friend, journalist Diane Smith, "Diane, you're not just overweight, you're fat. You're obese." Who says that to a friend? Perhaps only someone who harbours a miserable food addict inside her thin body. Someone who used to constantly binge on pizza, chips and ice cream. Someone who, though uncomfortable in her own skin, relies on good genes and fanatical exercise to maintain an outwardly healthy appearance.

In "Obsessed," Brzezinski and Smith provide intimate details of their life-long struggles with food. The former has resolved to gain some weight and release her obsessions; the latter wants to lose 75 lbs. We travel with them on their journeys and also hear from such famous men and women as Charles Barkley, Jennifer Hudson, Gayle King, and Dr. Nancy Snyderman, all of whom have battled to maintain a normal weight. In addition to discussing her personal issues, Brzezinski writes passionately about America's obesity epidemic: how it arose in the first place, the dangers it presents, and how society can curb it.

"Obsessed" provides a quick and interesting read though it feels marred by the unnecessary repetition of passages that appear on random pages in bold letters. Additionally, although the author plays the tortured, empathetic expert, she sometimes comes across as smug and self-righteous. Diane Smith ultimately emerges as the more likeable and credible of the two; many more readers will relate to her difficult quest for health and her frustration over trying fad diets, losing weight, and then quickly gaining it all back.

Aside from Brzezinski's admissions of closet bingeing, this book offers little in the way of news. Today, most know that diets do not provide a permanent solution; a focus on whole (not processed) foods and exercise is the key to a healthy life. Model good eating habits for your kids, cook nutritious meals and monitor portion sizes. Not rocket science but to stop the vicious cycle, we must take our well-being far more seriously.


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