Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae MillerA brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food.
Like most people, Kimberly Rae Miller does not have the perfect body, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying. And trying. And trying some more. Her first attempt to use food to change her body came at age four, when she learned that the Inuit ate fat to stay warm in the winter. If this diet worked in the Arctic, she reasoned, why not in Long Island? Postcollege, after a brief stint as a diet-pill model, she became a health-and-fitness writer and editor working on celebrities’ bestselling bios—sugarcoating the trials and tribulations celebs endure to stay thin.
But what is the ideal body? Knowing she’s far from alone in this struggle, Kim sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. While on a fascinating and hilarious journey through time that takes her from obese Paleolithic cavewomen, to the bland menus that Drs. Graham and Kellogg prescribed to promote good morals in addition to good health, to the binge-drinking-prone regimen that caused William the Conqueror’s body to explode at his own funeral, Kim ends up discovering a lot about her relationship with her own body.
Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who’s ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body…in other words, just about everyone.
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The powerful memoir Beautiful Bodies is a life story replete with dramatic contrasts. Author Kimberly Miller provides readers with very personal access to her lifelong anxiety and shame of living with a debilitating eating disorder. At some point she took refuge in her local public library away from the cruelty of bullies and crippling self-doubt. Her interest in gathering and processing information about dieting and our cultural need for perfection would ultimately become a positive obsession that changed her life and perhaps saved it. Though she worked as an actress in her twenties, the frequency of roles were always dependent on her weight and since it always fluctuated no matter how hard she tried to control it it was a very painful process.
Is there such a thing as being too thin? I appreciate and I am very impressed that Kimberly Rae Miller not only shares her experiences, but has done tremendous research into studies about the science of fat and weight loss. Kimberly became very weight conscious when she was seven years old. Although she weighed 60 pounds, she felt somehow that she weighed pounds like her mother. Even as a younger girl, Kimberly would watch Sesame Street and watching the Inuit people survive the cold by eating fat, Kimberly would sneak the fat her mother was cutting off the meat. Kimberly would absorb any information about dieting.
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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a finished copy of this book for review — all opinions are my own. No one in modern society can deny how diet-obsessed US culture has become, and Miller has a perfect view of this world via her writing career and her own fixation on weight and body image. As a something mother of 3, I have personally struggled with much of what Miller describes and have read extensively and worked with professionals on diet culture, Intuitive Eating and body acceptance, leading me to officially throw away my scale in May of Her refusal to tie this book and issue up with a bow is indicative of the true nature of the problem and the lifelong nature of weight obsession. The science and historical anecdotes shared throughout the book were fascinating and gave me a much better understanding of how many current diet and exercise trends came to be in the modern world. Understanding how complex and rooted in history our fixation on body size is can at least bring the topic up for discussion — a worthy goal for all if we hope to break this cycle. You are commenting using your WordPress.
Thank you! In her second memoir, Miller Coming Clean , focuses on her intense dedication to making herself as svelte as possible. As she admits, she has struggled with a diet addiction and an extreme devotion to counting calories. In this chatty and frank narrative, she chronicles her ups and down, starting with her experiment at age 4 with the Inuit diet that she learned about from Sesame Street. As an insider in the diet science industry, the author was well-aware of the dangers of dieting, but she pursued it anyway. Her job writing health blogs allowed her to be open about her obsession with dieting, which is on full display in this book.