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Get the book for self-confidence (mental health), but avoid it for physical health.
on March 26, 2015
Rated it in the middle. I think it's great she's tackling self-confidence, but she's also downplaying serious issues and not reporting accurate science.
I do not disagree with and I even applaud her effort to boost big girls' self-confidence. No one should feel bad.
I do disagree with her contention that her weight problem somehow was unavoidable. I also want to point out, I am only calling it a problem because she did. Not trying to make anyone feel bad here.
Here is her quote from the intro of the book:
"I've also had Lap-Band surgery, a medical procedure that creates a smaller stomach pouch and severely restricts the kinds of food I can eat. Despite the fact that I only consume half of what I used to, I'm still curvy!
Now I'm being told by dieticians that I'm curvy because I don't eat enough. I have also been told that if I'm hardly eating, it must be because of my thyroid--except that it's been tested six times, and is fine. A sugar allergy became the next possible culprit, so I went through acupuncture allergy cleansing. It fixed my allergies to grasses but not my fat."
Sugar and non-fibrous foods are the greatest causes of modern obesity. The author was likely told to address her sugar-eating habits, not overcome an "allergy" to sugar. Because every person alive has an "allergy" to sugar, if taken in high enough doses. Just like alcohol; it's harmless in small doses for almost all of the population, but it doesn't take much to get alcohol poisoning. You're not going to get "sugar poisoning" in the sense you get alcohol poisoning. Sugar is like cigarettes; it adds weight (and other health problems) over time. Putting needles in your body is not going to help your body process sugar differently; it is not going to alleviate the "allergy." If it is a legitimate allergy, it isn't going to just cause fat; it's going to cause a lot of other health problems, including swollen or sensitive throat and tongue.
And it's not just sugar; it's processed foods that don't have fiber. Did you know sugar-free corn flakes digest as quickly as sugar and that it causes your body to over-produce insulin (which triggers fat cell storage and makes you feel like you're still hungry)? People will think they are eating some great healthy thing, but they may as well be literally eating sugar. But people think it a "healthy" meal, just for a lack of sugar. But it isn't.
I am just saying this because maybe you, as with the author, were duped by bad science (paid for by Coca Cola, by the way) into thinking that you cannot possibly look healthy, and that you were "born to be curvy." There is nothing at all wrong with curvy if that is what you really want; I am just in disagreement with the author that she HAS to be curvy, and that she's blaming a non-existent "sugar allergy" for the problem. If you're going to choose to be curvy, be honest about it, or else that defeats the whole "confidence" thing. A person can't be a liar and really be confident, and that's why I didn't rate the book higher. I am not rating curvy women, I am rating the author's integrity.
Love yourself, don't lie to yourself. People care for the things they love, and you deserve care. And accurate information.