The full title is Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything.
A blurb from Amazon.com:
"Your relationship with food, no matter how conflicted, is the doorway to freedom," says Roth. What you most want to get rid of is itself the doorway to what you want most: the demystification of weight loss and the luminous presence that so many of us call 'God.' "
Bullshit on unbuttered toast. Sooner or later, it was bound to happen: A huckster who would connect weight loss with God, or God with weight loss.
The problem is, women (and men) already feel a deep shame and disgust about themselves when they are unable to lose weight. By bringing God into the equation, I believe the shame and disgust will skyrocket. Roth, through her book and seminars (more big bucks), is offering heaven on earth to very few women and men who will be able to achieve it.
Roth is playing a dangerous game with vulnerable people. She knows as well as anyone that, for any kind of a diet to work, and to keep the weight off, a person must make a life-long commitment and constantly be vigilant about what they eat. It take an iron will, as my friend Kim Ayres will attest.
Few are able to do it. With the dozens of self-help miracle diets out there, why is it that obesity continues to increase instead of decrease? Because dieting includes a lot more than watching what one eats—it includes exercise, a support system, a change in attitude and, most of all, getting a "handle" on one's emotions. The latter is a huge task in itself, especially without some kind of professional help or group setting.
So what do you get for your $13.20 US that promises "almost everything" in its weighty 211 pages? Nothing, as an Amazon reviewer says,
Really! This was the answer to weight loss forever?????? At least I can say that it is the worst book I've ever read. Now I have a hardcover of a book I'm ashamed to display in my bookcase.
I would suggest, madam, that you use its pages for either puppy potty training or lining the bottom of your birdcage. And that's me being kind.
[I have not read this book and have absolutely no intention of doing so. I trust my bullshitometer to spot a scammer when it hears one. After all, I didn't tend bar for four years for nothing.]