Obsessed: America's Food Addiction--and My Own

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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 Food Fight, she describes her history of food obsession, distorted body image and her struggle to be thin.  She believes it is ...

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Overview

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 Food Fight, 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 bestseller 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 book will nurture a conversation with families and friends, in schools and kitchens, to help us all find the answers to a healthier America.

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On Morning Joe and as an MSNBC anchor, Mika Brzezinski has spoken forcefully for years about the pernicious effects America's eating habits, but here for the first time, she writes candidly and at length about her own lifelong struggles with food obsessions and body image problems. Typically though, she doesn't use Obsessed as an opportunity to merely vent about her personal battle to be thin. Instead, as in her Knowing Your Value, she looks outward, inviting others to share their own stories about weight issues and how they have learned to deal with them. Among those who joined the conversation are Nora Ephron, Gayle King, and Chris Christie. Much more than a self improvement memoir.

Publishers Weekly
In this multifaceted overview of the widespread, and unhealthy, fixation on food, Brzezinski (Knowing Your Value) shares her personal story of disordered eating that began with binges in her high school years. As she reviews the merit of a "healthy thin", she considers not only obesity's direct blows to personal health but also its toll on one's earning potential and health care costs. Co-author Smith's personal story of food struggles, which for her culminated in obesity, serves also to summarize some of the country's most popular diets, pills, and surgeries throughout the years. Research revealing the highly addictive nature of processed foods is woven with personal tales over-consumption. Effortlessly shifting from a biochemical focus to a spectrum of other harmful inputs, with dips into food philosophy along the way, the book addresses matters like self-soothing with food following trauma. The inconsistency of format and narration proves mildly distracting; however, this does not the tales of their power. When Brzezinski tackles large-scale solutions, she endorses specific governmental action, particularly that undertaken by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The authors have produced a thorough compendium to benefit those embattled with food as well as readers curious about the background of a dangerous epidemic. (May)
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Praise for Knowing Your Value:

“A rallying cry for women to get the money they deserve.” —TheAtlantic.com

“A thoughtful look at how women can quit getting in their own way.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for All Things At Once:
“A refreshingly pragmatic approach for the professional woman.” —Publisher’s Weekly

"Filled with as much self-deprecating candor as self-congratulatory bromides, Brzezinski and coauthor Paisner nonetheless offer a realistically detailed portrait of the pitfalls to be avoided on one’s professional and personal paths to success.” —Booklist


Praise for OBSESSED:

“A multifaceted overview of the widespread, and unhealthy, fixation on food… a thorough compendium to benefit those embattled with food as well as readers curious about the background of a dangerous epidemic.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“With personal and professional input from celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson and public officials such as Governor Chris Christie, whose weight-loss battles are headline-generating events, Brzezinski polls the worlds of medicine, media, entertainment, and business to analyze our nation’s obesity epidemic and offer advice about adopting healthier habits.” – Booklist
 
“A motivational, inspirational addition to the ever-expanding library of total-health guidebooks.” –Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
The co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe parlays her lifelong preoccupation with food into re-educating an increasingly corpulent nation about smarter eating practices. Best-selling author and mother of two, Brzezinski (Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth, 2011, etc.) honestly discusses her history of food addiction, from teenage years indulging an insatiable urge for junk food in a family of overachievers to early days in her entertainment career binging on the fat and sugar in "hyperprocessed" fare. It's no surprise to her, she writes, when people immediately draw eye-rolling conclusions based on her outward appearance, dubbing her a "privileged skinny bitch with food issues." In fact, her past has been one torturous battle after another with food and a lifelong "determination to be thin," yet it seems the struggle to control her weight and increase her vitality has kept the author surprisingly grounded. Longtime best friend, award-winning news anchor and co-author Smith joins with Brzezinski to share their dietary failures and triumphs in knowledgeable, accessible parlance. The pair also enlists notable media personalities and celebrities to offer their own observations on weight, diet and the obesity epidemic. Among those sharing experiences and fresh perspectives are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Gayle King, Jennifer Hudson and the late author/director Nora Ephron, plus numerous dieting experts and clinical researchers. An additional section advises on how to address food and nutritional balance gracefully and tactfully with children. Brzezinski and Smith's timely message of healthy harmony makes a smart, personalized complement to the brilliant journalistic advocacy of Michael Moss' Salt Sugar Fat (2013). A motivational, inspirational addition to the ever-expanding library of total-health guidebooks.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602861763
  • Publisher: Weinstein Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,390,088
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Mika Brzezinski

MIKA BRZEZINSKI is cohost of Morning Joe, an MSNBC anchor, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers All Things At Once and Knowing Your Value. She is the mother of two daughters, Emilie and Carlie, and is married to investigative journalist Jim Hoffer.

DIANE SMITH is an Emmy award winning TV journalist, radio talk show host and author. The Globe Pequot Press has published six books based on Diane’s “Positively Connecticut” TV series. Diane has been honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Culture and Tourism for her outstanding lifetime achievements and contributions to the arts and tourism in Connecticut. In October 2012 Diane will be honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

    Good book.  I, like Mika's friend, have a lifelong problem with

    Good book.  I, like Mika's friend, have a lifelong problem with weight.  OK, I'm fat - just shy of obese, by my personal definition.  This is an easy read, and minces no words on the scope of society's obesity problem.  Mika can't fix it, but she offers ideas.  I came away from reading it fully realizing that I am indeed a part of the problem.  I like to be a problem fixer, not a problem maker, so this is a difficult admission for me.  Today, I exercised and ate sensibly.  I hope the impact of the lesson learned can stay with me long enough to make a difference.  I would also like to have the courage to do a tough-love intervention with a few people I love just as Mika did with Diane.  It won't happen.  It's a tough call between caring enough to speak the truth in love and caring enough to not want to further bruise fragile egos.  Mika has given me food for thought.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    An inspiring look into two very personal struggles with food

    Mika and Diane stories of their personal struggles with food are enlightening. They have provided an in-depth look at the fight with food from both sides; one who needed to loose and one who needed to gain to obtain their healthy weight. Mika also dicusses the issue of weight, disease, and public health from the perspective of all levels of society and government. She has opened up the conversation on weight, obsession with food and their effect on health of the individual, the community, and the nation. Thank you Mika and Diane for continuing the conversation and keeping the spotlight on these issues.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 8, 2013

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    Interesting read. This book actually makes a lot of sense. 

    Interesting read. This book actually makes a lot of sense. 

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly Recommend to any one who has had issues with an eating disorder.

    This book will help millions of people. Most of us never look at the underlining issues of food cravings. The food industry has set up up to fail. Just look around there's a fast food or restaurant within miles. We wake up thinking what will I eat today. Obsessed!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Great read!

    I had a wonderful time reading this book. I loved her writing and could so relate to the book. I recommend it to anyone obsessed with eating, large or small. In February, I started seeing a therapist that specializes in eating disorders. This book went right along with my therapy. I eating healthier now, though I still occasionally eat unhealthy things. It is in moderation now, and I look at food totally different. Thanks for writing this wonderful book, Mika!

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

    Reccommend Highly - must read for any one interested in their health or the health of their family.

    Well written and documented. The book gives insight into the struggle that many of us have with food and keeping ourselves healthy today. It makes so much sense as you look at the current problems with obesity in the US. Much food for thought and ideas as to what we can do personally, in our families and in our communities.

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