I just finished reading the book, Skinny Bitch, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Now I’m going to admit that I was fuming through most of the short book. In places I couldn’t believe what I was reading. On a few occasions I was tempted to take a match to the book or at least hurl it against the wall, but I restrained myself, mainly because it’s not my book!
The back cover of the book calls the authors my “new smart-mouthed girlfriends…” I’d call them foul-mouthed. To begin with I want to comment on the language in this book. They use various profanities throughout the book and they call the reader insulting names. (I’m not going to cite any specific examples as I’d like to keep this is a family friendly blog). I feel this is completely unnecessary and lessens their credibility.
The main idea behind this book is: “If you want to be skinny, you’ve got to be a vegetarian.” (pg 52) This is essentially what the authors are preaching throughout the book – no meat (including white meat and fish) or dairy allowed in your diet. That’s interesting because I know people who’ve lost significant amounts of weight by eating a healthy diet, including meat, and exercising. And since when is skinny healthy? Just because someone is skinny doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Obviously being overweight is not healthy either – you have to find a happy medium.
Another thing that bothers me about this book is the vast generalizations. Several times in the book they refer to factory farms (example: pg 60) and they assume that every farm is a factory farm. They also assume that all farmers are greedy (pg 60). And they assume that every farm animal is mistreated (“We both became vegetarians after learning about the treatment of farm animals.” pg 52).
The authors spend a few chapters condemning the meat and dairy industries. The most disturbing chapter is Chapter 6 You Are What You Eat where they go into the gory details of what apparently happens at all slaughterhouses. They reprint details and quotes from another book called Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz. The quotes are apparently from slaughterhouse workers. Of course there are no names so we have no idea of knowing if the quotes are true or false. I have no doubt that there are some shifty slaughterhouses out there just like there are some farmers who mistreat their animals. But it’s important to not lump everyone together. I think it’s a case of a few bad apples spoiling the whole barrel.
The authors also take aim at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In Chapter 9 Have No Faith: Governmental Agencies Don’t Give a Shit About Your Health the authors say it’s “safety last” and “business first.” Their advice to readers in this chapter is to “trust no one.” (pg 112)
I have more to say about this book so I’ve decided to write this review in two parts. Check back for Part 2 coming in a few days. To be continued…