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Barbi Twins - Dying To Be Healthy: Millennium Dieting and Nutrition Paperback – November 19, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pentimento Entertainment Inc (November 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892676117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892676115
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,327,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before I read this book, I had never had any contact with the Barbi Twins. I truly enjoyed reading the book. The book is an honest, revealing, and painful story of two decent and beautiful (inside and out) human beings caught in the trap of Hollywood. I also found the book informative from nutritional point of view, practical-for recipe suggestions, eye opening-for our generation X, and quite a helpful as a tool for anyone suffering from overeating, obesity, bulimia, anorexia and from any other eating disorder. Last, but not least, I found the book-from the standpoint of spirituality and transformation to wholeness-quite uplifting. It is a powerful gift to all human beings, especially women and our younger generation. -- Mimi T. Salamat, Ph.D., FAAA, CCC-A Faculty, Department of Communication Disorders Texas Tech University

I remember the first time we ran a story on the Barbi Twins. I could not believe the response: my voicemail was completely full the next day with calls from all around the world. Everyone wanted to know what else the twins were up to. Well, here's your answer-their health and fitness book! -- Barry Nugent, producer, E! Entertainment Television

One of the things that I love most about Shane and Sia is their sense of humor. The fact that they do not take themselves seriously certainly adds to their appeal. I believe their sense of humor has helped them overcome their life obstacles. I love the twins and have enjoyed reading their fabulous book. -- Greg Gorman, internationally-renowned celebrity photographer

Shane and Sia Barbi are the most popular international pin-ups, and they are a source of fascination to men around the world. Now they're also a source of inspiration to women with this incredible book. After their honest battle, the remarkable Barbi Twins are the best standard bearers for positive living. -- Mike Parker, Direcor of Headline News, Los Angeles

This book is about the secret of recovery; looking good is the result of being healthy. Sia and Shane share with us what their decision to 'go for health' meant to them, and document their struggle to achieve spiritual balance and self-acceptance. There is also lots of down-to-earth, practical information and suggestions for anyone suffering from an eating disorder. -- Joan Mardell, M.A., M.F.C.C., therapist and expert on eating disorders

From the Publisher

This creative and original book identifies and explains solutions to healthy livingemotionally, physically and intellectually. Although the drama in Shane and Sia Barbis' lives is material for any juicy movie-of-the-week-this book is not an autobiography of the Barbi Twins.

Sia combines the irony of Woody Allen and the rebelliousness of Madonna with the conviction of Oprah. As you'll see for yourself as you turn the pages, her charisma truly brings this book to life.

Sia Barbi shares her experience, strength and hope with others who suffer from eating disorders, or whose search for the perfect diet or the perfect body has left them unfulfilled. However, if this book merely catalogued the sterile scientific research of a diet expert or chronicled the spiritual recovery of a lost soul, it would be precious, but not unique. What sets this book apart is the breakthrough perspective of its author-Sia Barbi-and her unique health and fitness solutions.

Sia not only researched and documented these solutions; along with her identical twin sister, she LIVED them. In her own words, Sia recounts the food addiction and recovery she shared with her sister Shane. Although the scary diet stories are just that-the solutions will inspire you to follow your heart and trust your soul.

Rarely do our superstars chose to share intimate details of their lives and challenge the stereotypes which molded their fame. With courage and conviction, Sia shatters the myth that beauty is the ultimate virtue of a woman.

Sia predominantly writes about women accepting themselves and each other. However, she also believes it is possible for all humanity to practice acceptance-that is why her story must be told.

Why do these experiences matter to you, the Reader? By exposing her private life and revealing her journey, the Sia will guide you on your own exceptional path-to becoming an extraordinary human being.

Customer Reviews

Easy ready and stories were very interesting!
Keith Roethler
Sia's account of bulimia was too vague on many levels, though I applaud her and Shane's courage for revealing at all, an otherwise private and personal condition.
"pokey230"
I thought it would be more like a novel, although it did have useful information on nutrition.
Momty

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book...is so tremendous that my life had been altered. Beauty is so sought after and so strived for that our bodies become the testing ground for unhealthy and unrealistic goals. The Barbie Twins, Shana and Sia, look to most the definion of beauty; blond, thin, big busted, and famous. How many of us would "die" for what they appeared to have-too many. Vomiting, over-dosing on laxtives, and extreme exertion seemd like a perfectly good and healthy way to keep that sense of beauty strong and vital; they invented "tricks" to defy their addiction-when in truth they really were "dying" to be perfect. This book is just amazing. It offers an incredibly candid and thoughtful take on addiction-not just to food but to other areas of addiction as well. It totally opened my eyes to what some go through to obtain an inner sense of perfection that never is insaitable. Food is an addiction and this book is an avenue to recovery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan on March 17, 2001
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This book would get five stars if it would elminate two parts: the photos of the twins and most of the scary diet stories. Sia should instead have concentrated on more personal issues of why they were so deep into eating disorders and how they got help. The nutrition advice was very helpful and I learned a great deal. However, Sia tried to cover too many bases with this one. Just the disorder alone could fill one book sufficiently.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "piabooks" on December 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
...I think the book was written well. They told the truth about all the fad diets out there and what they basically do. I liked their honesty about how they struggled with their weight and what damage they did to themselves to let girls know the imperfections behind the perfections. However, I would have liked to see more depth in Sia's writing. I wanted to know how this disorder happened. Was it learned by watching their mother? Or maybe genetic? They mentioned trying to be perfect and this infatuation with food since they were little, but what happened in their lives that caused those feelings? I would have like to have known what their childhood was like, how their parents acted, and the emotional recovery of their addiction. The scary diet stories were good, but they just sounded crazy after a while. Instead of writing what they did, I would like to have known what was going on in their head. How were they feeling that made them want to do this instead of just for work. What were the emotional and physical recovery of this addiction like...I would liked to have seen photos that showed them looking bloated or how they look in their everyday life or none at all. I like the picture on the front cover, that definitley catches the eye, but the photos inside seemed to encourage vomiting and laxative use.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2001
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The Barbi twins went through a lot struggling with their eating disorders. I could relate to their pain yet I couldn't see where the pictures were helpful. People actively struggling with an eating disorder will not benefit from this book. The pictures seem to be detrimental for one who has a distorted body image already. Truthfully, I took this book and showed it to my therapist and we threw it in the trash together.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "pokey230" on May 26, 2002
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Sia's account of bulimia was too vague on many levels, though I applaud her and Shane's courage for revealing at all, an otherwise private and personal condition.
I have to admit that I was sickened and offended by the pornographic type photos included inside their book! These photos are from their younger "porn calendar days" and show them at their thinnest and sickest, yet with the wonders of air brushing and good lighting, we the reader, have the impression that they are these perfect, flawless beauties who've never had one care in the world, much less a potentally fatal "disease"! Their airbrushed photos don't reflect reality at all and might as well be a painting!
They should have been more REALISTIC about this disorder by including photos of how they looked a day AFTER a binge, with NO MAKEUP or airbrushing!! They should have let us see the REAL FACE of bulimia a day AFTER a binge--ie. dark circles, puffy bloated faces, swollen bellies, legs and feet and super baaad breath (from vomiting)and gas. It ain't glamourous folks!
Instead, we see airbrushed photos from their porn/calendar days. This was a major blunder on their part. It's just too phony and doesn't portray the REALITY of this disorder at all. In fact, it gives us the mistaken idea that bulimia is even glamorous! Had they been courageous enough to have themselves photographed a day AFTER a binge, now THAT I WOULD admire because that would take REAL GUTS!!!
They didn't mention the horrible stench that bulimia causes: the horrendous gas, diarrhea and/or vomit. It's a very stinky problem indeed and no humour intended!
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