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

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

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by Mika Brzezinski
     
 

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Mika Brzezinski is at war against obesity. On Morning Joe, she is adamant about improving America’s eating habits. She believes it’s time we all learned to stop blaming ourselves, and each other, 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. On Morning Joe, she is adamant about improving America’s eating habits. She believes it’s time we all learned to stop blaming ourselves, and each other, and look at the real culprits—the food we eat and our addiction to it.

Editorial Reviews

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)
From the Publisher

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:
9781602861770
Publisher:
Weinstein Publishing
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
220,816
File size:
1 MB

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