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Thought Bullets
September 2004 

The Obesity Myth -- Book by Paul Campos

During the summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Australia and witness the kick-off of the Everybody project on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. While I was there, Lily O’Hara (our international member of WIN Wyoming), alerted me to a newly released book called The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos. After I arrived home, I ordered the book. I share some of my highlights from the book with you in this month’s thought bullets, but you really need to read the book and challenge your own beliefs, ideas and thoughts concerning the harmful ways obesity is approached in America. While I was in Australia, I marveled at Lily’s ability to never waiver in her commitment to address the harm caused when we approach the subject of healthy lifestyles with judgments about body weights. I dedicate the thought bullets this month to Lily and other members of the Everybody project. The group’s passion, enthusiasm, and commitment was a great inspiration to my own personal journey with embracing the amazing diversity of healthy body types.

Campos, P. The Obesity Myth - Why America’s Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health. New York: Gotham Books; 2004.

Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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