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Obsessed: America's Food Addiction - and My Own | [Mika Brzezinski]

Obsessed: America's Food Addiction - and My Own

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.
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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

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    Jackie WARSAW, IN, United States 05-08-13
    Jackie WARSAW, IN, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Cape May, NJ USA 05-10-13
    Steven Cape May, NJ USA 05-10-13

    Steve L.

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    "BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!!!"
    What disappointed you about Obsessed?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that has more substance.


    What didn’t you like about Mika Brzezinski’s performance?

    Again, Blah, Blah, Blah.....rambling!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Did show the reader that our perception of public figures is quite decieving and fickle.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert United States 11-05-13
    Robert United States 11-05-13

    I love Reading about History, Non Fiction, and Political.

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    "Nothing like was thinking it would be"
    What did you love best about Obsessed?

    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.


    Has Obsessed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It was about the Rich, nothing like everyday American people.


    What does Mika Brzezinski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honestly nothing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a let down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis South Berwick, ME, United States 10-29-13
    Dennis South Berwick, ME, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Moving"
    What did you love best about Obsessed?

    This story was and is my story.. Names are all different but the story remains the same.


    What about Mika Brzezinski’s performance did you like?

    Mika diction was perfect!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just moved!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Major recommendation to any how will hear

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeighLeighE Columbus, OH USA 10-07-13
    LeighLeighE Columbus, OH USA 10-07-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Underwhelmed"

    More of the same. Might be good for impressionable youth or people new to the fit community.

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    Timothy Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-09-13
    Timothy Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Waste of Time for Anyone Who Knows Anything"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mika Brzezinski again?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mika Brzezinski’s performances?

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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There is basic info for anyone who is pretty ignorant about the subject of eating and eating disorders.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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