Chances are that you who are reading this, or listening to the OFF THE PAGE interview with Molly Morgan about "The Skinny Rules", already eat too much and weigh too much. The statistics are worrysome: in the United States 68% of us are overweight and about a third of the population is classified as obese. Weight problems in childhood have become a major health concern; it has been predicted that by 2015 over 40% of adults in this country will be obese.
Since listening to the radio isn't an activity implicated in weight gain (watching TV excessively may be) we can in good conscience point you toward Molly Morgan's new book as a way of bringing your weight and your life under control. There is a definite philosophy to "The Skinny Rules", subtitled "The 101 Secrets Every Skinny Girl Knows".
The medical community defines Skinny by your body mass index (BMI) -- the ratio of your height to your weight. And the dictionary defines Skinny as: being thin. Yet, as a nutrition expert I have my own definition of Skinny. I believe that Skinny is actually defined by the lifestyle you lead and not by the size clothes you wear... If you are eating well, exercising and taking care of your body then, yes, this is living a healthy Skinny life. If you are filling your body with garbage foods, smoking and are inactive then, no, even if you appear Skinny, you aren't leading a Skinny life.
-- from "The Skinny Rules"
The consistency of Molly's message and her constant capitalization of Skinny -- as if it were some nationality or tribe -- demonstrate the whole-life basis of her plan. As you go through Skinny Rules 1 to 101 she covers such topics as sleep ("Getting less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night increases your odds of being overweight"), cravings, exercise and record-keeping, resisting multiple trips to the buffet table, the perils of processed foods ("If there are any [ingredients] you can't pronounce, put it back") and Skinny tips to stave off hunger. "The Skinny Rules" exposes more "secrets" than a Wikileaks hacker. There are recipes and hints on choosing foods by color, boosting energy with garlic and apples, and how to use chicken broth in place of cooking oil. Ms. Morgan holds to the belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but advises, "breakfast can be at whatever time works for you, not necessarily right when you first roll out of bed." Molly recommends the US Department of Agriculture website Choose My Plate as a good source of information about food and dietary suggestions.
"The Skinny Rules" is a skinny book: 8 1/4 " by 4 1/4", 208 pages weighing 7.5 ounces. It can be held open with one hand and read while eating a hamburger. It's published by Harlequin, a major publisher of romance fiction intended for a female readership. Molly Morgan, RD, CDN (Registered Dietician, Certified Dietician Nutritionist) is from Vestal, NY. Her company, Creative Nutrition Solutions, counsels individual and corporate clients, including the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, Price Chopper supermarkets, Crowley Foods and both the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League and the AHL Binghamton Senators, winner of the 2011 Calder Cup.
Molly Morgan joins Bill Jaker on OFF THE PAGE to share her Skinny rules and to respond to listeners' questions about eating habits, food choice and good health.