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Food and Loathing

A Life Measured Out in Calories

Betsy Lerner


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With warmth, wit, and not a trace of self-pity (Entertainment Weekly), Betsy Lerner details her twenty-year struggle with depression and compulsive eating in Food and Loathing, a book that dares to expose the insidious nature of women's secret life with food.
Alternating between hilarious and heartbreaking (People), Food and Loathing gives voice to one of the last taboo subjects and greatest stigmas of our time: being overweight. Lerner's revelations on the cult of thinness -- from the dreaded weigh-in at junior high gym class to the effects of inhaling Pepperidge Farm Goldfish at Olympic speeds -- are universally resonant, as is her belief that this is one battle no one should fight alone.
Essential reading for anyone who has ever wielded a fork in despair or calculated her self-worth on the morning scale, Lerner's lament is a triumph (Publishers Weekly)

Praise For Food and Loathing: A Life Measured Out in Calories

USA Today

An object lesson in how women can lose themselves in the quest to lose weight....Lerner's bravery and generosity illuminate every page of this masterful story of a worthwhile life.


Food and Loathing is destined to take its place alongside the classics of adolescent angst, Girl, Interrupted and The Bell Jar.

The Seattle Times

Lerner's writing has the ring of truth, and for many readers who live with eating disorders, this book will be a life raft.

Simon & Schuster, 9780743255509, 320pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2004