The authors (pictured above) have a basic formula, skinny = healthy, and healthy means no animal products whatsoever, no chemical additives, and little or no consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and sugar. Now that may sound extreme to some people, but its my way of living as a healthy conscious vegetarian. Skinny also doesn't mean drastically underweight. Eating disorders are no joke. But don't kid yourself into thinking that obesity is all of a sudden healthy, or that obesity is not a major issue in this country due to our Standard American Diet (SAD). I know many people, who in the attempt to embrace themselves the way they are, embrace and accept an unhealthy them, rather than changing their health for the body. Furthermore, I know that weight is not the only indicator of health, but don't ignore the fact that it is a pretty large indicator. Overweight and obese individuals are at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many more health problems. In fact, the fat around our waists is a large indicator of our chances of getting diabetes than our weight anywhere else. Simply put, a bit of junk in the trunk is fine, but if too much weight is found in the midsection, health is at a greater risk.
I am rereading my copy of Skinny Bitch and appreciating Freedman and Barnouin for their candor in the horrors of eating meat products, dairy products and their expose' of the corruption in the food industry. Some may say their formula is a bit too simple, but I would think we should be happy it isn't complicated. In fact, healthy living never was complicated. They had the good sense to write it down and sell it as a book. Don't eat crap. And don't think you can eat crap in "moderation." What is crap? Meat, dairy, eggs, junk food, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. If you want some truth, read the book. If you would like another perspective with no profanity, read anything written by Dr. Neal Barnard, or check out the website for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization founded by Dr. Barnard.
The Skinny Bitch Website