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Volume 3, Number 2 - December 1996

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter

Dear Readers,

After almost 3 years of publication, this will be our last newsletter. For us, it's been a great way to communicate our latest news, thoughts, ideas and dreams about conquering body hatred and ending dieting. We've brought copies of the newsletter to speakouts, conferences, meetings, book signings, all sorts of events where it's been a great organizing tool.

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A Note From Chicago

Carol Coven Grannick
Judith Matz
Directors, Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating

It is with great sorrow that we write our last column for the Overcoming Overeating Newsletter. We have welcomed the opportunity to put our thoughts and experience into writing during the past several years, and hope that you, our readers, have benefited from our ideas. We would like to leave you with some final comments about an aspect of Overcoming Overeating that seems to pose obstacles to even the most experienced of non-dieters.

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THE PROMISE

by Rachel K.

At 17, I made the first promise. On reflection, I can see that I was going through very rough times: I felt socially isolated at school, I had a lot of fights with my parents, growing up was not easy! And then I found Richard Simmons' book. His story touched my heart and his magic promise—weight loss through dieting—was the perfect distraction. I promised myself to lose weight. I got so involved with the eating plan and the body thoughts that "poof," all my other problems seemed to disappear. I lost weight; I was in seventh heaven, but not for long. Soon enough, my old feelings of fear, loneliness and anger returned stronger than ever.

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