this is an eulogy to the fatness. The book starts with the story of a girl with family troubles, she is obsesive-compulsive and finally she got anorex...morethis is an eulogy to the fatness. The book starts with the story of a girl with family troubles, she is obsesive-compulsive and finally she got anorexy in order to get thinner to travel to New York and be famous according to a scout promises. It goes like she was thin, she could not eat, she used to get angry easy, she exercised a lot, and her life was miserable. Then she got fat again, the scout asked her to lose weight or adviced to be a plus size model. Crystal preferd the pluse size model and went to Ford Agency.
Here started the eulogy to the fatness: while thin: sad, angry and tired while fat: happy, confident, and feeling beauty (also hating skinny).
Crystal repeats ad nauseam that diets are bad, you lose the weight and gain it back and fatness is genetics. She even says that there is no proof that being fat make people more propense to sickness or gives them bad health, and if they get sick, it can be because they are stressed because people critize them for being fat and stress makes people to get sick more easy. She even is outraged beacuse some anorexic models die for heart attack, like if a fat clot couldn't block arteries.
Some of the most shocking pharagraphs:
-I welcomed the chance to spread the notion that the way I look is classically beautiful, and my body's curves should be a symbol of health
-people like me, who are considered slightly overweight according to the BMI chart, have a healthier outcomes than either underweight or "normal" people. And fully half of overweight adults and one third of obese adults have normal blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar, which means they're not at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, conditions usually blamed on fat. Suck on that, fat-haters.
- But Crystal, you may say to me, Americans have gotten so much fatter! It's unhealthy! Here is my answer: Everyone loves to trumpet statics about how much fatter American have gotten in recent years. About 65 percent of Americans are classified as overweight or obese. But almost no one points that 29 million people became overweight overnight in 1998, when the government changed its body mass index's "overweight" category from 27 to 25. Incidentally, seven of the nine members of the government's obesity task force were directors of weight-loss clinics (...). According to the new classification, many professional athletes are now considered overweight. (This is just a ridiculous way from her to manipulate the definition, though her pounds of fat at that time cannot be compared to the pounds of muscles of the athletes!). Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Governor Arnold Schwarzeneger (well, the last one is indeed fat) are both considered obese. Matt Damon and Kobe Bryant are overweight (again pounds of muscle compared to pound of fat, what a sad consolation).
- for most people being "overweight" doesn't seem to be a direct cause of health problems.
-(...) bigs myths about weight, including this commonly cited statistic: More than four hundred thousand Americans die of overweight and obesity every year (...) That's what the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in 2004 (...)The only problem: It's flat-out wrong (...) Using better methodology and newer data, the CDC's own epidemiologists reduced the estimate, saying that obesity and overweight are associated with an annual twenty-six thousand deaths; it reduces the estimate of excess deaths by a mind -blowing 94 percent.
-The truth (...) is that "overweight people" (those with body mass index between 25 and 30) actually live longer than normal-weight people. Not just skinny people: normal-weight people.
While she writes this, in a BBC article: "Obesity has a greater impact on the blood pressure of teenage girls than on teenage boys, a US study has suggested (...) "What is certain is that obesity is clearly putting both boys' and girls' health at risk"".
Crystal always said she will not give up and she will get a Vogue being fat, well, she got it fat and recently she got the german Vogue being awfully skinny. You can see her also walking thin in the Zac Posen Runaway Show. All that 256 pages praising her happy fat body, condemning and deploring skinny models (not just talking about anorexic problem), and then she loses weight!
As this article says: <"I'd just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses. There's such an epidemic of obesity in the United States, and for some reason, everybody focuses on anorexia".Ironically, Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the nation>>.
This just remembers me "Super size me" documentary. Grab a McDo and then you are happy. It seems like if she doesn't know that between anorexic and fat, there can be "normal", "fit", "athletics", and is not about dieting, it is about eating healthy and in normal quantities, not like she said in her book she did: a big mountain of vegetables.
She was way prettier when she was fat but with the mouth closed; to not speak such nonsense like in her book.
I did not find that book racist as it is often said, but I found that book more horrible for the hero having fun hunting animals, removing a monkey's...moreI did not find that book racist as it is often said, but I found that book more horrible for the hero having fun hunting animals, removing a monkey's skin to disguise himself and opening a hole in an alive rhinoceros to explode it with dynamite.(less)
The front cover doesn't show any cross or religious symbol that would show the actual book's content. Neither the back cover reveals it; it just gives...moreThe front cover doesn't show any cross or religious symbol that would show the actual book's content. Neither the back cover reveals it; it just gives misleading extracts like the history of velcro. It's only reading the introduction that you can know what kind of book it is: religious. All the discovers that are written in the book are related to God. God is the inspiration of the discovers, the comets travel because of God, this and that happens because of God, and so on... it even includes Bible's verses, and relates them with the discoveries. If you look for a book about curious facts on Discovery, stay away from this book, unless you are very religious too.
For the name, the front and the back cover, one feels like if the author was cheating to catch buyers for his books by disguising the real catechism inside.(less)