Review: Body of Truth by Harriet Brown

So basically, I will never read another dieting book again.

cover59146-mediumBody of Truth by Harriet Brown is the absolute tell-all of dieting truth. The author beautifully illustrating her own life-long struggle with weight, as well as her daughter’s heart-wrenching battle with a severe and life-threatening eating disorder. The book is packed with scientific and statistical information about health, dieting, and the history of the dieting industry. The statistic that has actually realigned my thinking on health and dieting is that only 3%–THREE PERCENT–of dieters who lose weight will keep the weight off for more than five years.

And what do we do? We lose, we regain, we lose, we regain more, we lose, we regain again. It is a never-ending cycle of self-hatred and negative self-talk. We loathe what we are, and the dieting industry, and much of our western culture, in general, fully supports us in that loathing.

The author poses the question of what if I am ok the way I am? What if being healthy and weight loss are not as significantly and intimately connected as we’ve been taught? Brown truly gets to the heart of health and weight-loss, two topics which she stresses do necessarily actually go hand-in-hand. Her findings and statements are heavily backed by scientific studies and research. Brown does not expect the reader to simply take her word for it.

This book is phenomenal. It is not a light read, by any means. It contains heavy emotional topics as well as a great deal of clinical and scientific information. But, I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone who is concerned with weight and health, either their own or someone else’s. The book is a true eye-opener as to what good health truly means.

This book hit so close to home for me. I’ve dieted so many times, and so drastically, and so have the majority of my friends, family, coworkers, basically everyone I’ve ever know. This book was a wake-up call to look at myself and my health differently, and not to trust so blindly in what I’ve always been told. A special thanks to this author for sharing her story, and for working so hard on this book. It could not have been an easy undertaking.

Thank you to Perseus Books Group/Da Capo Press for providing me with a free electronic, pre-release copy of the book, via the NetGalley reviewer platform. I was not required to write a review of the book. The opinions stated here are strictly my own.