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It's nearly impossible these days to turn around without encountering yet another diet book, commercial, television show, weight loss gadget or pill. What we don't hear quite as much is what life is like for an overweight person in today's society, particularly in light of the prevailing messages about how fatness is to be avoided, literally, at all costs. Michael Berman has spent most of his sixty-plus years "living large," though his weight has gone up and down dramatically a number of times; he estimates that he has gained and lost well over a thousand pounds. Yet even with a healthy and loving family, an accomplished career as a respected attorney, president of a Washington, DC consulting firm, and scheduler of convention sessions at six Democratic National Conventions, Berman has felt the humiliation, the sadness, which often accompanies life for the overweight. "Food became an essential part of my life, a constant preoccupation, and telling my story in many ways has been a cathartic experience." His stories are comforting and reassuring and also provide a strategy based on self-acceptance for the millions of Americans who deal with the realities of being fat on a daily basis. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Michael Berman is the President of the Duberstein Group, Inc., a leading Washington DC consulting firm, and previously served as counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Walter Mondale.
He is the author of:
Living Large: A Big Man's Ideas on Weight, Success, and Acceptance (Rodale 2006)
To learn more about the work of Michael Berman go to www.mikelivinglarge.com.
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