Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I finished the book I started last week: Frances Kuffel's memoir, "Passing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding My Self." You can read the synopsis here: www.amazon.com/Passing-Thin-Losing-W
eight-Finding/dp/0767912926 . Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Kuffel's writing is fun to read. She's has a poet's way with words, and she is snarky and brutally honest.
My favorite thing about the book is that it's not one of those "how-to" kind of books. Kuffel lost half her body weight through the Food Addict Anonymous community, but the book isn't mainly about that. Her memoir is a frank, honest exploration of her self and identity in the midst of (and after) her weight loss journey. Her entire life, she'd identified herself as "fat," which continued even as she was losing weight. Even after the excess weight was gone, there was a lot of healing that needed to take place.
While I don't view myself as a "food addict" I still feel like I was able to identify with Kuffel in many ways, particularly in the areas of poor self-esteem and using food as comfort or an emotional crutch. These are two main areas that I am continuing to work on in my own life.
Definitely worth the read.