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For today’s Tuesday Reviewsday, I am pleased to discuss Harriet Brown’s recently released book “Body of Truth”. Harriet Brown is already well known for her previous book, “Brave Girl Eating” about her experiences with her daughter who suffered from Anorexia. “Body of Truth” uncovers Harriet’s epiphany regarding her own weight obsessed life within a society who complemented her daughter’s svelte figure even when they knew she was recovering from anorexia.
Like many of us, Harriet’s weight obsession and body hatred started early in life and lasted through most of middle age. It wasn’t until she saw the devastating effects of anorexia that she even began to question society’s readiness to conflate thinness and health and began to question her seeming moral obligation to have thin thighs. Harriet describes her own struggle in the midst of her Jewish family and describes the dichotomy of being in a culture that loves food and values hostesses who provide abundance at the dinner table while being terrified of fat.
Throughout the book, Harriet’s journalistic roots shine through clearly. She provides a wealth of current information and facts to back up her assertion that we as a culture are a bit off the rails when it comes to body image and weight. Much of the ground covered here will be familiar to those of us who have studied this area for some time. There are the statistics about the failure of dieting. There is an in-depth discussion of the “obesity paradox”. And she covers Flegal’s research and the ensuing shameful medical backlash. She follows the money and describes the intense conflicts of interest displayed by so many who serve on boards and are paid to do research to support the “war on obesity”. However, there is much recent research covered in the book, and a significant portion of the anecdotal materials (for example on Professor Miller) are new and fresh.
Above all, I feel Harriet does a terrific job of weaving her personal narrative with a tight journalistic style that presents facts and evidence in a way that makes for a fast and enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the book and I think it may especially resonate with middle-aged readers who are just coming to HAES at this point in their lives. I strongly recommend this powerful and enjoyable book.
Now, before I close, on to a bit of business. Have you heard about our new Fit Fatties Virtual Events? Have you signed up yet? It’s super cool and you don’t want to miss it. This time around the events feature a quintathlon option as well as Fit Fatties Flair. Learn more HERE!
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Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)