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Scared Skinny No More!: Exposing the Myths of Weight Bias and Weight Loss Paperback – March 12, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1620061855 ISBN-10: 1620061856

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620061856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620061855
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Dimino is an actress, comedian, solo show writer and performer. She is author of the critically acclaimed stage play SCARED SKINNY: A one (hundred pound lighter) woman show, winner of the prestigious New York International Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Solo Show. After achieving and maintaining a weight loss of 115 pounds, "Mary exemplifies the hard work people do to lose pounds and stay healthy," as Meredith Vieira states. Weight is the defining battle of Mary's life and the heart of her comedy. Mary is recipient of the Gracie Allen Award and MAC Award Winner. She has appeared in multiple movies, commercials, and television shows including NBC's Today Show, HBO's Chris Rock Show, and sketches on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Dr. Brad Johnson has over 20 years experience in the wellness and fitness field. His degrees include a bachelor's degree in wellness, a master's degree in health/physical education, and his doctorate is in curriculum studies. He used cultural studies as his framework for his doctoral dissertation, The Oppression of Obesity.
Dr. Johnson has taught wellness/fitness at the collegiate level and has successfully provided fitness and life coaching to groups and individuals including children and general population. Dr. Johnson has trained professional and collegiate athletes in multiple sports, including Division 1 athletes, power lifters, and bodybuilders. Dr. Johnson recently contributed to the development of an International Diploma in Fitness and Scholastic Sports for the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Dr. Johnson is an international speaker in fitness and education who is represented by multiple speaking bureaus.

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If you're a parent, you should give a copy of this book to your daughter.
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And I'm thrilled that this book is incredibly easy to read, with a great sense of humor, yet incredibly valuable with sensible information.
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I especially loved the voice, the bits of humor and the touching memoir-like stories of the author's childhood and adolescence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kaminker on April 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I like the combined expertise of performer/writer and doctor. Good tone throughout book. Very positive and very educational. This is not a typical diet book and that is why I like it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tamar Kummel on April 23, 2013
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I am so excited about this book! But can I read it while working out at the gym? I've been a big fan of Mary Dimino ever since seeing her do stand up comedy in New York about 13 years ago. I was lucky enough to see her one-woman show at the New York Fringe Festival and you can see how it led to this amazing and inspiring book. She's hilarious and smart and I still find myself quoting her on a regular basis. And I'm thrilled that this book is incredibly easy to read, with a great sense of humor, yet incredibly valuable with sensible information.
I'm an actress in Hollywood and a certified personal trainer. I love fitness. And I know what's healthy and what's not. But the amount of emphasis on looks and weight in the USA and especially in my business is beyond disgusting and verges on inhumane. I'm in the minority standing up for natural beauty and a healthy weight. So I'm thrilled to have this book as ammunition!
Thank you Mary and Brad for writing this. I hope it starts a new generation of women with healthy body images and a sense of humor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Bowne on May 12, 2013
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If only this anti-dieting book were to have all the success of the diet-of-the-week books. With humor and passion, Mary Dimino draws on personal experience to skewer the fad dieting and body-image obsessions as neuroses planted in us in the name of "health." Some of my favorite lines give you a sense of the book:

There's a pink elephant in the room and it wants to go on a diet.

The only thing getting bitter than us from dieting is the bank accounts of the weight loss companies who prey on dieters and then blame them for their failure.

[on supposed diet foods] ...Getting across the message that if you are not skinny, you are defective and we can help. But if we can't, don't blame us, fat ass!

[after listing artificial ingredients in a typical diet food] Is this something we should eat or something we should clean our toilet with?

There is actually chicken salad that doesn't need to ever go in a refrigerator! To me that's not chicken, that's trick-en--chicken's evil impostor. If it sounds like chicken and looks like chicken but lasts longer on the shelf than paint thinner, it's probably not chicken.

[on artificial ingredients that have unwanted side effects] Who doesn't love a thin, beautiful woman with bowel issues? Better yet, I can just get really thin and die. This way everyone will remember me as being skinny forever.

I need to embrace my uniqueness, along with my flaws and what I think are my weaknesses. The very thing you hate about yourself if the one thing that may endear you to someone else.

Find your perfection in your imperfections. Celebrate what makes us all different, rather than judge each other because of those differences....The goal should be to look your best, not to look someone else's best. [Amen!]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Old Spunky on April 17, 2013
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I saw the author, Mary Dimino this week at a book reading down in St. Mark's and I was taken with her positive message. I enjoyed her performance, her chatting with the fans and the reading of the excerpts from the book. She is very likable, a very real personality that is a good role model for young woman today. We need more real women in the media with this kind of helpful, positive information. Health is not about a number, it's about being the best you can be and working with the hand you were dealt. I found her and her book delightful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Accountant on April 15, 2013
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I purchased this at a book signing upstate. I enjoyed the talk, along with the Q&A that night, so I decided to take a chance on the book. I usually don't buy many paperbacks, I like my Kindle. But I felt that this would be a good book to have my daughter read. I'm glad I did. It's a breath of fresh air and in no way is a typical diet book. It's more educational, informative and written in a light, inspiring, entertaining style. My daughter said, "Thanks Dad, that book you gave me a couple weeks ago is pretty good." For a teenager, that's poignant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on July 3, 2013
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"Scared Skinny No More" is a well researched, intelligent and very funny look at the obsession with weight loss in America over the last 30 years. Diet fads, exercise crazes, work out tapes, liposuction, you name it, the US consumer has been inundated with it. This book turns over every stone in taking us through what the authors call "the perfect storm" of changes in the American culture, which simultaneously made bad food more accessible and weight loss more desirable. The result was an American population at war with itself over consumption and calorie-counting. The truest casualties of all this were women, young women, who were presented with unrealistic images of movie stars and models that they couldn't possibly live up to.

Comedian Mary Dimino explored these similar themes in her hysterical one woman show. In this book she is joined by Dr. Brad Johnson, who brings his expertise in the areas of weight loss and weight bias to the discussion. Together they have created an informative, honest and humorous look at what our weight-conscious culture has wrought.
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