When Dr Robert Lefever asked me to introduce his latest book on eating disorders, my immediate thought was "Is he trying to tell me something?". Once I had been reassured, I thought "Why not?". In my work I come across a lot of people, often young and female (but not always), who are striving for the perfect body - whatever that is. Worse still, I am appalled when I see beautiful young kids, often barely out of primary school, ruining their lives trying to look like fashion models or pop star idols. Equally, on my travels, I can't help noticing the number of grossly overweight people I see on the streets of affluent Western countries. What are we doing to our children, our families and loved ones?
We all know friends or colleagues who are dieting and yet we may secretly wish we had their boobs, their bums or simply their body. Why? Until I read this book I admired their willpower. A friend would announce, "I've lost four pounds this week: all I've eaten since Christmas is grapefruit". "Aren't you clever", I would reply. Now I know better.
This book should be compulsive reading, not just for those with the extremes of eating disorders, but everyone - we can all learn from Dr Robert's experience and then learn to enjoy our food. The book should be in every school and children who think they are too fat or too thin should read this first ... and so should their parents, friends and teachers.
Pasty Palmer Bianca in Eastenders