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A brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food.

Like most people, Kimberly Rae Miller does not have the perfect body, but that hasn't stopped her from trying. And trying. And trying some more. Her first attempt to use food to change her body came at age four, when she learned that the Inuit ate fat to stay warm in the winter. If this diet worked in the Arctic, she reasoned, why not in Long Island? Postcollege, after a brief stint as a diet-pill model, she became a health-and-fitness writer and editor working on celebrities' bestselling bios - sugarcoating the trials and tribulations celebs endure to stay thin.

But what is the ideal body? Knowing she's far from alone in this struggle, Kim sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. While on a fascinating and hilarious journey through time that takes her from obese Paleolithic cavewomen, to the bland menus that Drs. Graham and Kellogg prescribed to promote good morals in addition to good health, to the binge-drinking-prone regimen that caused William the Conqueror's body to explode at his own funeral, Kim ends up discovering a lot about her relationship with her own body.

Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who's ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body...in other words, just about everyone.

©2017 Kimberly Rae Miller (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Do Not Read This Book if You Are in Recovery

Do not read this book if you are in recovery from an eating disorder. I struggled to get through this book, and often cringed at some of the language used. The author very clearly struggled with an eating disorder, though never acknowledges that or seeks therapy. The description of weight, BMI, calories, etc would be extremely triggering to someone who has an eating disorder or is in recovery. The author was very brave to share her vulnerable story, and I was relieved that the ending had a positive message. This book was not at all what I was expecting, and I’m unsure what the intended audience is as it does not leave one feeling inspired to focus on self love.

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Excellent Read

What an excellent book! I really enjoy the way that the author intermingles history, statistical information and facts along with her personal story. She really did her research. I learned a lot while also enjoying her riveting story.

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Loved it. Highly recommend.

Such a relatable story. So important to remind ourselves that our bodies are so much more than appearance. I loved listening to this book and the author was a great narrator.

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I love this book!

I absolutely love this book! I feel like she was speaking about my life. I have struggled with my weight forever, gaining and losing, and gaining and losing, never being satisfied with my body even when I've gone below my goal weight. I'm desperately trying to love my body, fat and stretchmarks and all. It made my 2 beautiful babies and nursed them. I will listen to this book over and over again and I will insist my teenaged daughter listen to it too! Thank you Kimberly!

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Excellent reality check.

loved it. loved the appropriate and relevant humor. Author as narrator made it very real.