Rayni Joan grew up as Roberta Joan Weintraub in Newburgh, New York during the 1940’s and 50’s. During a critical period in the early 1970s, she was part of the Liberation News Service collective, where for $35 and 10 free meals per week, she researched and wrote news and feature articles.
It was during this period that her ground-breaking feature article, “Women, Fat of the Land” appeared widely throughout the U.S. It was June, 1970, and Ms. Joan became the first public confessor to the then unheard of habit of binging and purging, later diagnosed in the 1980s as bulimia. Although the word and the fact of “bulimia” were largely unknown at the time, her compelling story containing her stunning confession was picked up by and published on the front pages of dozens of alternative weekly newspapers, where it struck a chord with more than a million women readers – a chord that resonates to this day.
Although her public confession was a major turning point in her life, it nevertheless took Ms. Joan seven more years to kick the habit. Today, she shares her wisdom and experience in a tranquil setting with a select few
Ms. Joan is now Director of the Center for Increased Consciousness, and lives near the beach in Santa Monica, California, with her husband, writer Robert Moskowitz. An ordained Interfaith Minister, she enjoys officiating at weddings and other life passages. She has three grown sons, wonderful daughters-in-law, and two gorgeous granddaughters.
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Where to buy in print
The Skinny: Adventures of America's First Bulimic
by Rayni Joan
The Skinny journeys far and wide as a young girl learns from early on how to alchemize danger and difficulty into opportunity, love, revolution, and apple pie. Rowie bravely explores life, sex, love, business and politics with her razor sharp senses, endless curiosity, penetrating intuition, and biting wit. Never to be forgotten, Rowena's magically moving story runs the gamut of human experience.
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