10. Women, Food, and God

An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
by Geneen Roth

If you are a close friend of mine, you are aware that I have issues with my weight. The issue is I have too much of it right now. I know what I have to do and I pretty much know the reasons behind it, but, as an amateur information gatherer I have to read as much on the subject as possible. That need to know it all (and Oprah) led me to this book. In April there was a brief mention on The Oprah Winfrey Show about the book with a promise of a full show in May and in O, magazine there was an interview with Roth.  Based on those two events (and other publicity, I’m sure), women started flocking into the store to buy it. 

I have to say that I was not quite impressed with this book. Geneen Roth has written a lot about women and their emotional attachment to food, and while I haven’t read any of her other books, I recognize her as somewhat of an expert on this subject.  Women, Food and God, however, is nothing but a sort of recap of the seminars that she gives to help women identify and overcome their unhealthly relationships with food.  And the “God” part?  Not sure what that means.  There was no mention of religion, or spirituality or drawing on something greater than yourself to help with any issues surrounding food.

The episode where Roth appears on Oprah is airing later this month and I will definitely watch it to see if there was something that I missed.  In any case, I think that one of her other books, When Food Is Love, will probably be more helpful to those looking for a serious work on the subject.

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