Body Clutter is a book that makes no judgments. In fact, the title itself is a gentle euphemism that the co-authors employ throughout the book, avoiding the harsher-sounding words overweight, fat, and obese.
Kinder, Gentler Weight Loss
Crawling Out of the WebBoth women have developed a large following of active, devoted Netizens through their individual websites.
Cilley’s Flylady.net created a slow but steadily growing buzz about the quirky methods she used for turning chaos and disorganization into personal harmony, one BabyStep at a time.
Though Ely’s savingdinner.com may be less familiar, her media background includes appearances on QVC, HGTV and ABC Family; she focuses on bringing family together at dinnertime with home-cooked meals.
An online collaboration between the two resulted in Body Clutter, which simply and candidly helps women come to terms with body image, weight issues, and choosing health and happiness by caring for oneself.
Finally Loving Yourself
Body Clutter may be most helpful to – and most appropriate for – women who might not otherwise read a self-help or weight loss book. Because, like the health club analogy earlier, it’s scary for women living with excess weight in the triple digits to even step on a scale or visit a doctor’s office. Like any addiction, it requires embracing a difficult truth - that you eat to fill a void that exists inside you, and that you have to acknowledge this pattern to break it.
Walking the Walk
And that’s where the book and its authors embrace a level of candor that says, “We’ve been there. We’ve done that.” Both reach back into their past to pull out personal stories of loss and despair, sharing the lasting impact of these situtations on their current lives, their sense of self, and their tendency to accumulate body clutter.
If that’s not enough, there are frank discussions about the challenges of personal hygiene, the physical discomforts associated with significant excess weight, and how using food to mask feelings only escalates the problem.
Back to Basics
This is the type of book that may make some women go out and buy additional copies to give to friends and relatives. (That’s how I ended up with my copy.) The recipient may feel loved or embarrassed by the gift, but should know that - in either case - the gift-giver, like the authors, only had the best intentions at heart.
Body Clutter: Love Your Body, Love Yourself
by Marla Cilley and Leanne Ely
Paperback, 256 pp. ISBN 978-1416534624
Fireside / January 2007