In The Weight of Being, author Kara Richardson Whitely reveals her struggle with trying to lose weight, having a binge-eating disorder, and the shame she feels about her size. Following along in her journey, readers will learn about the frustration she felt with each failed dieting attempt, the fears she had about passing on bad food habits to her children, and the despair she felt when her weight began to prevent her from participating in family activities she once enjoyed-all of which ultimately led her to making a life-changing decision.
I read most of this book in one sitting, stopping only when my eyes felt too heavy with the need to sleep. I was completely wrapped up in Kara's story, wanting to know more as each chapter came to an end. I felt a great deal of empathy for her frustrations, particularly when things left her feeling overwhelmed or inadequate in some way-something I think every woman can relate to, whether they struggle with weight or other issues.
Whitely's conversational writing style was enjoyable to read, and I think it's one of the main reasons I felt so compelled to keep reading as long as I could. It sort of felt like I was participating in an actual conversation, rather than reading a book... if that makes any sense. I appreciated her candor in telling her story, as well. In an era where many people want to present themselves as close to perfect as possible, it's refreshing to see someone willing to be real for a change!
Simply put, this memoir is inspirational, and definitely a book worth reading.
I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of Seal Press via Netgalley.