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Book Review

Obsessed : America's food addiction-- and my own


Using their personal struggles to overcome food obsessions and maintain a healthy lifestyle, the authors of this book challenge us to stop blaming ourselves and each other and look at the real problem, the food we eat and our addiction to it.

I turned to this title to learn more about food obsessions, how to overcome them, and about the obesity epidemic in America. Insisting that everyone needs to take control of their lives, how they eat, and make the right choices when it comes to their diet, the authors recommend adopting a game plan to guide us on how to eat and live. All this without forgetting to address issues of self-esteem at the core of many a food obsession.

With specific references from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), research journal articles, web sources, books, and a sprinkle of celebrity insights, the book tackles unrealistic body image in the media, food insecurity and food deserts.

Addressing first daughters Emilie and Carlie, Mika Brzezinski reaches out also to anyone struggling with weight, especially women. I recommend that every one read this book, especially women who battle with their weight, food choices and body image.

With more insight than other books I have read on the topic, the personal experiences and research-based approach in this volume drew me in. The very emotionally-honest relatable stories and overall information from research open a person's eyes to the reality that we are facing. By making themselves vulnerable, the authors manage to inspire empathy and set up the tone for a greater conversation about food, health, and wellness.

By Witness Lima
Submitted: April 19, 2014