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Scared Skinny No More!: Exposing the Myths of Weight Bias and Weight Loss [Paperback]

by Dr. Brad Johnson, Mary Dimino
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March 12, 2013 1620061856 978-1620061855

Do you awake every morning to the same grueling ritual of the daily "weigh in"? Do you think... Oh God! Please let it be less than yesterday. Are you enslaved to a mythical weight and shape that our culture says you should be or otherwise you are deemed a failure? Are you literally "Scared Skinny" because you have been conditioned to think that you are lazy, unlovable and unworthy if you aren't thin? How did weight become such a focus of our culture? It was created by a perfect storm scenario beginning in the 1980's and 1990's. During this period technological advances made our lives much more sedentary than any other point in history. The invention of processed foods made food more convenient to purchase and consume. This was also the time of a new exercise revolution where everyone, especially celebrities, were looking to get fit and tone. When these celebrities lost 5 pounds it made all the media outlets, and everyone clamored to know their secret.

We even have Skinny Bitches, who have never been more than 5 pounds overweight telling everyone how to lose weight. They present “facts” that have never been researched or challenged, but are assumed to be true because they sound true. Even “scientific” facts relating to weight are now under scrutiny and the truth is finally revealed. In fact, did you know the food guidelines that we follow today were developed by a vegetarian in the 1970's and not by a nutritionist or scientist? However, now that we understand that being obese and being too thin are both health risks, women are still obsessed with weight rather than fitness. As Richard Simmons has said, “Frankly the American consumer is confused. They don't know what to do or believe in. Because of this confusion, it is easy to understand how individuals who are unsuccessful with weight loss can begin to blame themselves for their failure.”

This book examines the transition from focus on weight to focus on fitness. What makes us fat? Why is thin also unhealthy? Why is building muscle the ideal goal for women?

"Scared Skinny No More" combines the personal experiences of comedienne Mary Dimino and the expertise of Dr. Brad Johnson. Mary struggled with weight throughout her childhood and adulthood and has experienced all the bias associated with her weight struggles. She finally lost over 100 pounds and has taken control of her life. Dr. Johnson is an expert in the wellness field and a published author in the field of cultural studies and has studied the cultural influences on weight loss and weight bias. The two combine their experiences and expertise to give one common voice for women who have struggled with weight management.

"Scared Skinny No More" reveals the components of the perfect storm scenario that have left women feeling powerless and responsible for their inability to control their weight and their lives. Scared Skinny examines the many foods and products that contain obesogens which make us fat and unhealthy. This book also includes a chapter called “Think Like a Man.” This chapter provides unique insight into how men view weight, dieting, and the female shape, which will bring a new perspective to women. Scared Skinny No More offers strategies and support to take control of your life and make a new beginning after the storm has passed. It's time for your new beginning!

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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.

Product Details

  • 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: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like the combined expertise April 29, 2013
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
5.0 out of 5 stars So excited! April 23, 2013
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, informed, plea against the tyranny of thin 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Message April 17, 2013
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air April 15, 2013
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
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
A book filled with humor and love, a womens fight for respect and contol of her life. I could not put the book down once i started it. Written for women but just as good for guys.
Published 4 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
I have had the honour to work with this beautiful woman doing standup comedy. This book is a book every woman should read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nikki Chawla
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
This book is one of the best I have ever read. It makes so much sense, and you will feel so much better about yourself when you are done reading it . I loved it! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!
What more can I say about Mary Dimino, except for the fact that she is talented in so many ways!
From her hilarious stand-up comedy to her being an author, there nothing she... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Required Reading
Scared Skinny No More should be required reading for any woman who has ever or will ever go on a diet, for anyone who has ever struggled with their weight and definitely for young... Read more
Published 9 months ago by NanaRie
5.0 out of 5 stars enlighen yourself!!!!
It was quite enlightening. You think you know everything there is to know about losing weight and then a book comes along and gives you quite an education. Read more
Published 9 months ago by rosemarie corrao
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring book
I have read many diet books and motivational boos. I did not find anything new or life changing in this book.
Published 9 months ago by Charlley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book ! Bring it on food, I got a new attitude !
I love this book, I think this a voice that needs to be heard. Not only did I get great information, I found it to be a enjoyable read ! Love you Mary !
Published 10 months ago by nanci e richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared Skinny No More
I saw this author at a reading in Southampton, NY. Enjoyed the interview, and really loved her personality. Read more
Published 10 months ago by hamptonshouseofgardens
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant memoir meets scientific knowledge!!!!
Wonderful book! If you have struggled with an eating disorder or weight issue of any kind, read this book now! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sassi Keegan
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Mary Dimino
Me too, got to see it in the ny city Fringe when it debuted! Been keeping track of
her career ever since. Really like her style.
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