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Summary

For anyone who's ever avoided the mirror, skipped swimming, or got stuck in a dress in a changing room...

Almost every woman worries about her weight. For Anne H. Putnam, it became unavoidable: By the age of 17 she weighed over 20 stone and had tried everything, from dieting to fat camp to wearing big t-shirts. When she decided to have weight-loss surgery, she thought everything would change. But now, nine years later and ten sizes smaller, she has discovered that changing your body doesn't automatically change how you feel about it.

Navel Gazing is a funny, passionate and no-holds-barred memoir of one woman's quest to accept her own body; to feel normal. It will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and wonder why it's so hard for women to feel happy with the way they look.

©2012 Anne H Putnam (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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"A book anyone, male or female, young or old, who has ever looked in the mirror and disliked what they see, will identify with ... The writing is vivid and superb, the detail both unflinching and fascinating ... Don't go on some miserable diet this January; read this instead. It will get you through the insanity of the 'new year, new you' frenzy; more importantly, it might help you stop loathing your body." (Sarah Vine, The Times)
"A gutsy, brave memoir that, amid the slurry of new year diet books, deserves to be devoured and savoured." (Helen Davies, Sunday Times)
"A funny, intimate account of one woman's turbulent battle with her weight, which examines the relationship between body and mind and challenges our concept of what constitutes a 'normal' body." (Psychologies)
"A brave, very readable memoir." (Viv Groskop, Observer)

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  • jane
  • Notingham, United Kingdom
  • 18-02-13

Weight loss surgery not that quick fix

I loved this book. It tells all about how being fat feels and how weight loss surgery seems to be the answer. It gives a true prospective on how you feel and what happens to your body afterwards. The fixes you need for loose skin that are not fixes that leave you with scars which need as much hiding as the fat did and the worse thing is you can still put weight on!

This could be my story and many other weight loss surgery patients - well written with a voice of honesty and a sense of fun. A must read. Thank you!

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  • Deborah
  • 27-12-12

Glad It's Over

Tedious, tortuous listen about a spoiled, incredibly crude, amazingly self-absorbed individual. I couldn't wait for it to be over. I have been over weight all my life, but I guess I can give this book credit for keeping me from ever thinking about having gastric bypass surgery.

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