TV writer and producer Norris Chumley (Who Am I? Why Am I Here?) weighed 400 pounds during his adolescence and much of his adulthood. Eleven years ago, at the end of his rope, he went to a 12-step group, broke down and was amazed that people offered him comfort and help. Now he offers readers the same in The Joy of Weight Loss: A Spiritual Guide to Easy Fitness, a self-help/weight-loss program that emphasizes self-respect, "joyful activity," slow weight loss and a higher power. Practical and supremely empathetic, it will appeal to people with a spiritual bent. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.