Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway - Now That's Just Stupid: Weight, What? by Debra Taylor

Now That's Just Stupid: Weight, What?
Debra Taylor

The F-Word: A three letter word that carries the greatest impact to the deepest void inside the soul…Fat there I said it.Just the word alone makes every hurt, pain, failure or haunting memory rise to the surface and food is the only thing that will quiet the storm.You don’t have a problem with food! You have problems, issues, behaviors and you go to food. There is a big difference!WEIGHT, What? is the third release in the Now That’s Just Stupid, Inc. book series. It’s a journey through real weight loss using regular, every day foods only this time you will solve the issues and keep the food. No one should tell you what to eat, what not to eat or how much to eat. YOU know how to do that! What you don’t know is how to solve the reasons why you overeat. Healthy foods and exercise didn’t make you fat and they won’t make you thin UNTIL you face the emotional issues underneath the weight. This book will show you how to use your food to guide you toward your C.O.R.E. issues and take the steps to solve them.

When Your Circle Gets Smaller

Not everyone that starts with you in your life will finish with you. We often hear this in life situations as we transition from high school to college and college into the grown-up world. But this phrase is never more apparent than when an individual changes their physical appearance.

As much as you may want to believe that your weight is indeed just about you and no one else, you are sadly mistaken. People derive many courses of action when dealing with others they initially meet. The first impression one gives to another tremendously impacts how they are treated in many complex interactions. Women tend to be better at judging non-verbal behavior than men, but it may not be out of knowledge but rather out of the repeated occurrence. Judgment is given and placed on women by both sexes more often, and therefore the value set on appearance can often override other qualities.

Obesity bias occurs within healthcare, employment, community interaction, spiritual arenas, educational endeavors and relationships with and without our knowledge. Studies have been done in marketing that has shown an overweight individual serving you fast food will deter you from ordering large portions. Their visual appearance makes one quickly assess their own and whether or not they should be eating so much. This occurs in a matter of seconds of the interaction.

Still, others have sought out heavy set people for certain positions in a company while others need thinner people for specific roles. Then there is the mighty beast of healthcare. The largest conglomerate of individuals who should know better is commonly understood to be instigators of increasing one’s weight instead of teaching tools to reduce obesity. Many overweight patients won’t even seek health care due to the treatment and ridicule they receive at the physician’s office. Clearly, they are aware they are overweight, and it’s impacting their future livelihood and life expectancy. However, repeating this information in a derogatory fashion with a hope that creating a fear will convince them to diet is not a solution. You can’t scare most overweight people to stop eating any more than you can scare the drug addict from shooting up his or her arm. The problem(s) are not being addressed only the symptoms of excessive food and lack of movement. As a healthcare professional you are just feeding your ego to think that telling them what they already know is helpful. There are broader issues involved that may be out of your expertise thus referring them to experienced professionals in the industry as well as mental health professions is a step in the right direction. Ultimately, it is up to the patient to take the desired steps for their self-care. But when the window of opportunity presents itself for a medical professional to respond to the one seeking help, it should be respected.
Author, Debra Taylor has battled obesity since childhood topping out at almost 400 pounds before learning to manage her addiction to food. She now holds a Masters of Science with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis and a Ph.D. In Psychology, with an emphasis in addiction. Her specialty is working with clients who struggle with behavioral or emotional eating before, during and after their weight loss. She has traveled nationally and internationally as a motivational speaker and was Director over several hospital surgical and non-surgical weight loss programs. While working with thousands of obese individuals she designed the meaning behind food groups that explain and solve emotional eating while teaching people to lose weight eating regular every day foods.

How did you come up with name of this book?
Weight, WHAT?” is a journey of what true food addiction, obesity and morbid obesity really consists of and the experiences that these individuals exist. It’s also a weapon toward thin people to educate them to understand that weight loss eating and healthy eating are two different things. There is no such thing as a good or bad food only the actions of what individuals do with the food.

Overweight individuals use food to cope with life issues that there are seemingly impossible to solve or even endure. This is no different than the reasons other use drugs, alcohol, deviant behavior or other vices to cope with issues within their lives. The conflict comes as this drug, food, must also be used to survive unlike other vices and the addict has to face a consistent decision many times throughout the day to stay in the nutritional boundary and not the emotional boundary.

Therefore the name is a complex message of specifying physical weight issues and not a moment in time [wait] and then a sarcastic punch of all the inconsistent and mixed messages of what causes overeating and how to actually solve the addiction.

What is unique about the book that isn’t found in other weight loss strategies?
First, the journey is written from a once morbidly obese individual who has since lived as a recovery food addict for the last several decades. Living, breathing and walking in the shoes of a physically or mentally overweight individual is not understood in its entirety by a thin minded person. The complex process of losing weight physical is one aspect but losing it emotionally and mentally is an ongoing management lifestyle.

Secondly, the book reveals food groups that are tied to specific emotions and behaviors when used a coping mechanism. These food groups are very clear on what emotional has been activated and how to solve it. You can’t fix, manage or heal from something you can’t identify or articulate. Food will aid you in clearly identifying what is wrong and tie it back to how the addiction got started. It will further give you the step by step process of how to heal and you do all this without changing your food to crazy concoctions or eliminating specific food groups.

Lastly, the process is written from the perspective of the overweight person and it doesn’t soft sell a theory of ‘learn to love yourself and you will lose weight’. That’s neither realistic nor does that take place with one or two steps. Obese individuals have their own language, behaviors and mannerisms to get what we want or need at any cost. There is a form of manipulation and guilt that needs addressed as well as social and interpersonal skills that either need developed or fine tuned as well as self assessment to identify what is missing in one’s life and what are you using food to acquire. Lots of dynamics that go into permanent weight management however, food and weight loss are the easiest parts.
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  1. The cover is very eye catching. Thanks for the chance!

  2. Sounds like a great read nice cover.

  3. I weighed over 400 lbs. a year ago, then I developed sepsis, nearly died, had to spend the last year in nursing homes/physical therapy centers...I'm finally walking again and close to going home. Frankly, my weight probably led to all of this. I was so fat it hurt to walk so I put off going to the doctor for an infection and it went septic. I definitely identify with the pain of being fat.

    1. Over the last year, I have lost about 100 lbs., so at least one good thing came out of all of this.

    2. Congrats on the weight loss, Tamara! I weighed 278 lbs at my heaviest, and I am only 5'2". I am now down to 133 lbs, and I still want to lose another 33 lbs. It's a struggle for sure!

    3. That's great! I know how hard it is!!

  4. After I read ( about the Book) , now I understand the book cover. It's hard to loss the weight.

  5. I could use some help loosing weight.

  6. Congrats...loosing weight is hard...and as the author says, it takes a life style change...even bariatric surgery will not be successful if you don’t work to change. I weighed over 400 and now about 180...wear a size 12, if I lose more great, if I don’t, that’s ok also because I’ve learned to still love and eat what I like but I eat to live now instead of living to eat. Even though it’s been 15 years... I can still restlessly want to reach for popcorn...or other snack. It is an addiction...unfortunately, unlike alcohol and drugs, you can’t stop eating. Just take it an hour, a minute, or a day at a time. Renee C. MSW, LCSW-C, PhD....

  7. Wow the cover is intriguing. I loved the blurb. So true about is emotional comfort

  8. The cover is interesting. It’s very visually en.

  9. Sounds great! Love the cover! I need to work on losing my weight x

  10. The cover is very different. I look forward to reading this!

  11. Many years ago, I read a book called the Tyranny of Obsession which talked about how at a young age, girls think they have to diet and look like models. It spoke about overeating, anorexia, bulimia and body dysmorphic disorder. Like this book, your book will open the eyes, ears and hearts of others who have no or little idea about the difficulties overweight people go through on a daily basis.

  12. I really like the cover. (Audrey Stewart)