Saturday, October 20, 2007

Skinny Bitch: Tough Love or Recipe for Disaster?

"Stop being a moron and start getting skinny!" In a 198 page book, two L.A. authors Rory Freedman, a former agent for Ford Models and self-proclaimed know-it-all and Kim Barnouin, a once upon a time model with a Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition give you what they call a "no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous."

In 13 chapters, the two "smart-mouthed" girls talk about the truth behind carbs, calling sugar the devil. The ElLay authors start with the old adage that healthy = skinny and unhealthy = fat. "You cannot keep eating shit and expect to get skinny."
The New York Times Bestseller, a book Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice swears by has been in a swirl of controversy. SKINNY BITCH promotes a vegan lifestyle, encouraging its readers to give up meat and dairy products. In chapter 5, "The Dairy Disaster" the authors write, "Mother Nature is no fool. All species, including ours, have just what we need to get by. She did not intend for grownups to suck their mothers' tits." Freedman and Barnouin say the multi-billion dollar dairy industry's claims that WE need milk to grow and prevent osteoporosis is a lie. They say the same about the meat industry, providing examples of the myths and lies about protein telling its readers to use, "Common sense bitches."

"Pinch a loaf. Lay a cable. Drop the kids off at the pool." The Skinny Bitch writers spend an entire chapter on the topic of pooping. The importance of pooping that is. Humorous. But perhaps the most revealing of all chapters is about the government, the USDA and the safety or the lack thereof of our meat and dairy products. "Illegal hormones are regularly pumped into veal calves, which are suspected of increasing the growth of cancer cells in the humans that eat them." The book then directs you to, a website dedicated to providing information about being a vegetarian and vegan. It was hard for me not to watch a clip labeled, "Meet your Meat." I copy and pasted it below. Warning: it's disturbing.

I finished Skinny Bitch in one day. It is an easy-read, and although critics argue the book is flirting with a borderline recommendation of an eating disorder, the book is intended for adults. Careful though, it just might make you want to stop eating meat.

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