Mika Brzezinski is at war against obesity. She believes the fearsome subjects of food, diet, and body image are "radioactive" in America, and getting worse. On Morning Joe, she is often so adamant about improving America’s eating habits that some people have dubbed her "the food Nazi". What they don’t know is that Mika wages a personal fight against food every day, and in Obsessed, she describes her history of food obsession, distorted body image, and her struggle to be thin. She believes it is time we stop blaming and shaming ourselves and look at the real culprits - the food we eat and our addiction to it.
Remember the days when people whispered about cancer and called it "the Big C"? Mika Brzezinski believes we need to stop whispering about weight and use the F word: fat. We need to establish a dialogue on how our country became overweight and how we can turn the corner and step firmly onto the path of health. She starts with the example of her very close friend Diane, whose goal is to drop 70 pounds. As in her best-seller Knowing Your Value, each chapter offers insights from notable people in medicine, health, business, the arts, and politics, interviews with, among others, White House chef Sam Kass, the late Nora Ephron, Gayle King, and Governor Chris Christie about what they have discovered about food and diet and what works for them. Mika’s new audiobook will nurture a conversation with families and friends, in schools and kitchens, to help us all find the answers to a healthier America.
©2013 Mika Brzezinski (P)2013 Random House Audio
I am a fan of Morning Joe and was looking forward to this book. I have a strong interest in the obesity epidemic. This was a "fluff" book on the topic. I would recommend the book "Fat Chance" if you are interested in a science based look at obesity.
I found Mika's voice grating and the information superficial. Her condescending tone didn't help. I wondered why her co-author didn't read her sections herself? Try as she might, Mika just isn't sympathetic, something that would've helped this book a lot.
There is basic info for anyone who is pretty ignorant about the subject of eating and eating disorders.
This book felt rushed and hurried and peppered with Mika's "celebrity" friends, acting as experts, at the expense of in-depth information from people other than Mika's therapist or Nora Ephron (may she rest in peace).
Should come with a warning for all men," This is for women", It was like listening to a woman endlessly discussing gossip and name dropping. Sure, there were some tidbits of good information mingled within the context, but the rest is just the same chapter information revisited over and over again! I suggest that if you want to read a book that will change your life you listen to, "Salt, Sugar, Fat and How the Food Giants Have Hooked Us", by Michael Moss. This WILL change your eating habits and your life. The author has missed that point that until we as a nation, and a government all fight the "Food Giants" of Industrialized Prefab Foods, America will still forever be FAT! First time ever, but I will be sending this one back.
Something that has more substance.
Again, Blah, Blah, Blah.....rambling!
Did show the reader that our perception of public figures is quite decieving and fickle.
Listen to, "Salt, Sugar, Fat and How the Food Giants Have Hooked Us", by Michael Moss. This WILL change your eating habits and your life.
I love Reading about History, Non Fiction, and Political.
I love Mika, however this book is more about her Overweight Rich Friends, then anything to help us real people that can't afford all the things the Rich can. This had nothing to do with America's Food Addiction, but her and her Friends.
It was about the Rich, nothing like everyday American people.
It was a let down.
This book is incredible, and everyone living in the US today should read it. Mika is courageous in sharing her own struggles, and it's one I could relate to. I too am a food addict, and while my weight has fluctuated quite a bit over the years, (and I'm currently heavier than Mika,) it's not generally something you can tell by looking at me. Not only do I admire that kind of vulnerability, but it gives weight to her message (if you'll pardon the expression).
It's time to destigmatize weight. It's time to bring fat out of the closet. It's a national crisis on many different levels, but one that's hard to have an open conversation about. Mika has specific suggestions for how to do this, and what she believes is required to enact change.
Mika Understands Us.
It is MIKA BRZEZINSKI of Morning Joe reading it for God's sake!
It made me cry because I saw myself in her! She bared it all and her eating obsession was and is mine. We want to eat and feel comfort in it and have to hurt ourselves to rid our bodies of the sin of eating that is fat.
This tall Skinny beautiful Blonde is me if I took a different route in life. She has the same shame , a food obsession and a deep distrust of our food industry that puts additives in our food that makes us sick and fat.
Pretty thin gruel, with major points repeated incessantly. I felt pretty sorry for her fat friend Diane. Yes Mika recognizes she has an eating disorder but I felt her diagnosis of an ultra orthodox approach to food blunts her insights about weight, diet and body image. It seems time that she still thinks it's ok to judge people by their body size, including herself
This story was and is my story.. Names are all different but the story remains the same.
Mika diction was perfect!!!
Major recommendation to any how will hear
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