Obsessed: America's Food Addiction--and My Own
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This book—with its trademark Brzezinski smarts, honesty, and courage—launches us into a no-holds-barred conversation with family and friends, in schools and kitchens, in Congress and the food industry, to help us all find ways to tackle one of the biggest problems standing between us and a healthier America.
captivate me. And that’s bad? “We get so much information about food, and if you’re health conscious it can kind of morph into an obsession,” Margo explained patiently. “Lots of people get into that today.” Food, it seemed, was still owning me. Orthorexia nervosa is part of a larger category referred to as “eating disorders not otherwise specified.” Margo said, “In that diagnosis, people can have some anorexic diagnostic indicators, some bulimic indicators, sometimes they have a combination of
So it looks like my agenda is to adjust my diet and maintain my weight at a healthy level—not too thin, but not climbing steadily upward, either. Margo helped me recognize that if I can accept my “set point,” my struggle will become a whole lot easier. Although my weight has been up and down since I was fifteen, I never fully realized that every time I gained weight I seemed to top out at 135 pounds. That is actually pretty reasonable for my height of five foot seven at the age of forty-five.
the way, especially Joe Scarborough, my co-host on Morning Joe and wingman on the issue of obesity. Joe takes constant beatings from me on the air, but he truly stands by me in the fight to make our food environment healthy. I want to thank my boss Phil Griffin for always encouraging me to be transparent and real, despite the consequences. My thanks to Alex Korson, our executive producer on Morning Joe, for helping us get everything done. To all the extraordinary women and men we interviewed, a
weeks on the show, eating everything under the sun, the next six or eight weeks will be about really cutting back on fried foods, on cheese, on red meat, on alcohol, on starches, on processed foods. Eating healthy is like a bank account. If you spend your calories by eating a lot of them in one case, then you have to save your calories later by eating better. You know, it’s just basic arithmetic.” Padma is one more voice touting the benefits of whole food. “Eating food as close to how nature
and government can and should do a lot more. But we can’t hand off all the responsibility. We have to fight back together against a food industry that targets kids with billions of dollars in marketing, a media industry that tries to impose its own notions of healthy bodies on the rest of us, and a diet industry that says weight loss is easy if you just buy this or that product. Teaching our children how to resist all that has to begin at home. That’s where we can control the conversation.