Monday, November 2, 2009

Born Round by Frank Bruni

Born Round is a extraordinary look at body image, weight gain/loss, and eating issues from a completely different perspective - that of a man, and not just any man, but a man famous for his writing about eating. Frank Bruni, the author, has been a food critic for the New York Times since 2004.

Bruni was raised in an Italian family, the cultural backbone of which was all about food – equating to love. Don’t we all have a food culture/history somewhat unique to our family? It seems many family stories revolve around food. As psychotic as family dynamics can be, is it any wonder that our relationships with food are as well?

His funny/scary account of obsessing over his weight, pant size, binging, purging, hiding under large clothes, rescheduling dates to lose 5 pounds, were uncomfortably familiar. Not that I’ve purged, but I’ve certainly been an unwilling participant in all those other classic behaviors that plague women, and apparently men, who love to eat, often to excess, and are torn between accepting their body and wanting to meet some crazy standard, or, OK, just be healthy. Hi, my name is SueAnn and I have an unhealthy relationship with food.

Bruni’s story about his life-long struggle with eating and his weight is basted with many fascinating facets of his life otherwise, so I recommend that you read Born Round.

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