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May 28, 2013

"OBSESSED: America’s Food Addiction – And My Own" Book Review

Mika Brzezinski is at war against obesity. She believes the fearsome subjects of food, diet, and body image are "radioactive" in America, and it's 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 her new book, 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 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 she did in her bestseller Knowing Your Value, Mika packs each chapter with insights from notable people in medicine, health, business, the arts, and politics: singer Jennifer Hudson, the late writer and director Nora Ephron, TV host Gayle King, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and many others open up to Mika about their own struggles and what works for them when it comes to food and diet. Mika's new book will nurture a conversation with families and friends, in schools and kitchens, to help us all find the answers to a healthier America.

My Review:
As a child, I was never concerned about food. I did not really care about what we ate as long as there was food on the table -- this is what happened to a child who grew up poor. My own obsession with food did not start until I was in college. My mother passed away and I discovered that the best way to deal with my issues was through food. From that point forward, I have had a love/hate relationship with food. However, my view of food changed drastically in the past year. Since I began Crossfit, my life style (including eating habits has changed as well). I am no longer obsessed with food. Instead, I am more concerned about eating healthy so that I could stay strong and live a long time to enjoy as much time as I can with my children. I enjoyed reading this book for a few reasons. I liked that while sharing experts' opinion on food, dieting and healthy living, the author also shares her own struggles with food. She chronologically listed her ups and downs with food -- which made her very identifiable. I like the way she explains how our relationship with food is not just what we eat or how we feel about it, but also how we use it in our daily lives (i.e. to fill up empty spaces). My favorite part of the book is when she reveals how our views of food and the things we say about it have deep impacts on our children. When we make better choices and say the appropriate things, we could help to keep our children from pitfall of food obsession. All in all, I thought this was a great read, I would recommend it to all women, especially moms who are concerned about how their own obsessions with food might affect their children. 

To buy  it, please go to Amazon.com .

You could also learn more about the book here: http://www.today.com/books/obsessed-mika-brzezinski-takes-americas-trouble-food-6C9773506

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.  


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