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The first grandchild born into his family in El Salvador, Alberto is showered with attention and gifts. Soon, though, he is known as "El Gordito," or the little fat boy. By the age of ...
The first grandchild born into his family in El Salvador, Alberto is showered with attention and gifts. Soon, though, he is known as "El Gordito," or the little fat boy. By the age of seven, he weighed a whopping 120 pounds and his pediatrician had started him on a diet. By the time he was nine he had tried ten different diets. His life became a vicious cycle of eating to excess, sneaking food and lying to himself and his parents; he was the butt of practical jokes and teased by peers and strangers, ultimately turning into a recluse, addicted to food and television.
From the low point of his descent into obesity hell, Hidalgo-Robert chronicles how he was able to take hold of his life, reinvent himself and become a model for other teenagers who are battling weight issues. A spirited tale of a young man who lost his way, this book offers a roadmap for living a healthy life and regaining self-respect and social acceptance. Each chapter contains "battling" tools, examples of both good and bad behavior and typical self-deceptions in the war to conquer oneself and live a healthier life. He even includes easy-to-make recipes for delicious foods that will appeal to any teenager.
An absorbing account of one young person's attempts to deal with obesity, this cautionary tale is for anyone interested in this country's leading health issue.
Chapter 1 A Baby Buddha Was Born 11
Chapter 2 Manipulation 19
Chapter 3 I Might Look like a Balloon, But I'm Not Inflatable 31
Chapter 4 I Go Cocoa Loco 39
Chapter 5 I Go to Diet Concentration Camp 43
Chapter 6 I Am Swallowed by a Hammock 50
Chapter 7 A New World 56
Chapter 8 My Body Is Taken Over 67
Chapter 9 "Pants Off, Fat Ass" 75
Chapter 10 Fat in the Homeland 81
Chapter 11 Emergency Appointment 100
Chapter 12 A Done Piece of Meat 105
Chapter 13 I Want that Glow 108
Chapter 14 Greens, Yellows & Reds 114
Chapter 15 My Head in the Toilet Bowl 130
Chapter 16 The Donuts Did Me In 136
Chapter 17 Is It Going Away Forever? 143
Chapter 18 I Laughed, I Cried and I Lost 155
Chapter 19 Lost and Found 158
Chapter 20 Getting Personal with my Inner Chef 162
Chapter 21 Just to Point It Out, I Love Myself 181