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I am a stay-at-home dad and a writer and author. My professional focus is on food and its effects on the individual, on the collective, and on the environment. The goal of "Fat Boy Thin Man," my first book, is to make the case for food addiction in a humorous, self-deprecating, accessible telling.
For anyone, "FBTM" is enjoyable, entertaining, and enlightening. For those unhappy with their relationship to food, or for their loved ones, it can also be a guide to relief, although to be very clear, this is NOT a diet book, and I am NOT a guru. What I know is the result of experience and what peers and professionals shared with me.
I was fat from childhood and into my 30s had gained and lost — and gained back — 400-plus pounds until I began accepting the attitudes, practices, and treatments that have been proven to help addicts recover. I then lost 155 pounds and have been maintaining a normal-size body for almost 20 years. This path has helped millions since it was developed for alcoholics in the 30s, and could help millions more if applied to the segment of people whose weight problem is deeper than just a little carelessness or occasional indulgence.
Paradoxically, the best news about this path is that is can work for anyone who takes it, regardless of if they're "real" addicts, which is, of course, a self-diagnosis. For those with this issue, it could be worthwhile to read about what happened to someone who did take it.