send up of the thin-is-in mentality is funny enough
to make even diehard dieters consider replacing
their baby carrot stick with Krispy Kremes. Shanker,
one of Us Weekly's Fashion Police commentators
and self-proclaimed fat girl, estimates she's
spent 16 years trying to lose weight: "I've
met with seven weight loss specialists, worked
with three nutritionists and three personal trainers,
tried a dozen weight loss programs, taken thousands
of pills, joined six gyms, read thirty-one books
and spent enough money on weight loss to buy myself
an Ivy League degree."
of this context, Shanker takes on the media, corporate
America and even the medical establishment, arguing
with their belief that it's impossible to be both
fit and fat. "Let's take the focus off 'fat'
and put it on health," she lectures. "Let's
take the focus off 'skinny' and put it on good
common sense. Let's take the focus off body image
and put it on education, women's rights, human
rights, the economy, baseball cards, anything."
Although Shanker's opinions on full-figured fashion
and feminist philosophy are entertaining, she's
at her best writing about her stint at Duke Diet
and Fitness Center, one of the country's oldest
and most successful weigh loss management centers.
As her optimism about hardcore Duke University
Medical School program flags, her diary of adventures
becomes increasingly irreverent, refreshing and
human. Anyone who has ever tried to lose a pound
will gain confidence and a sense of humor from
Shanker writes a humor column for Grace
magazine, and her readers will probably want to
buy her book. Author appearances in NY will further
round out sales.
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