Contributing Monkie GreenChef Staff Monkies
Published on September 14, 2007
Skinny Bitch is a new common sense diet book that takes a refreshingly honest approach towards a crazy diet culture swimming in half truths and insanity.
I think the title’s great. More of a joke poking fun of the pop culture slang and attitude towards women who are thin. I see the hostility all the time. Just in the superficial banter way of hating the very thing people envy. So the immediate prejudice is that there must be something wrong with them. Thin women are that way cause they are “anorexic”, or doing something else unnatural and unhealthy. While some, especially in the media do and fall into unhealthy eating disorders and mental ideas about themselves, there seems to be an underlying prejudice that it applies to all thin women who are not naturally curvy and voluptuous. And that only women who are very voluptuous are “real”. Skinny women are unnatural or just “lucky bitches“.
This book of course is all about eating healthy and real food, with the side effect of losing weight because of it. “Real” women in the media are portrayed as the ones who eat copious amounts of fast food, soda, pizza and junk and therefore are “healthy” and don’t “starve themselves”. I think that is the wrong message though and other extreme. There does not exist just the extremes of unhealthy starving on cigarettes, diet coke and diet pills vs. a “healthy” appetite of Mc. D’s and pizza. Neither approach involves “real” food and natural health, natural weight etc. While I think that everyone is different, with different shapes and metabolisms and will all look different on the same type of diet, these authors just dish out the common sense that if you eat healthy real food and stop eating so much junk, you will also lose the junk in the trunk, naturally.
By appealing to the youthful audience generally caught up in the chaos of the mass popular mainstream diet culture, the authors hope to redefine the perception of what “real food” is. Real food is not fattening processed garbage like burgers, cokes and pizzas. Nor is it processed junky atkins diet bars and processed “low-carb” artificial diet drinks and “low-carb” fried chicken. Real food is whole food, organic food, unprocessed or low processed, farm fresh. Nutrient and healthy life giving whole fruits, vegetables, greens, herbs, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds etc. You don’t have to starve yourself, you can eat genourous full plates of delicious real foods. The idea is you can stop making excuses and obsessing just over the scale. You can get healthy and as a natural consequence you will look fabulous, kick ass and not have to apologize for it!
(G Living just interviewed one of the authors, Rory Freedman on G Living Live. You can watch that show here.)