Review: ‘Talk yourself slim with Dr. Rocket’s self-chatter diet. Behaviour Focused Weight-loss Success’ by John Richardson
Troubadour Publishing Ltd
28th June 2013
[Edit: If you read the comments below you’ll see I have been accused of attacking the author. For the sake of peace and quiet, and because I have better things to do than reply to people who aren’t actually reading what I’m writing, I have the following to add. I do not know the author, I have no personal opinion about them and their work as a weight-loss consultant, this review is my OPINION based on reading this book. Those opinions are based on the impression I have received in my reading of this book. I do not know, nor am I bothered by how successful or not the author is in helping people to lose weight. I write my reviews based purely on the book as it stands. If it offends you that someone disagrees with your guru then go and read someone else’s blog. I’m not going to be bullied and belittled into changing my opinion.]
The author of this book claims to be a ‘behavioural weight-loss consultant’, whatever that is. All I can say is this book is a prime example of condescension and unscientific polemic by a bigot; if you have weight control issues don’t bother reading this book, the author seems determined to knock you down.
I requested this book because I am, as you might be aware, a lady of generous proportions. I have also had CBT in the past. I was mistaken in thinking that this book had made the connection between the principles used in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies and their application towards other areas than mental health problems. Excessive eating is one of the symptoms of depression – comfort eating – after all.
But no. The author is using this platform to promote a theistic (“the human body was designed…”), mechanistic (refers to the body as a machine repeatly) view that shames the ‘overweight’ person for not being their ‘primal’, ‘intended’ weight.
And it’s badly written. The spelling and grammar are atrocious, and it sounds like a sales pitch in my mind. The writing style gives the impression that the book is put together from ‘seminar’ notes and recorded speeches.
Don’t bother with this book. It’s not often I give a book 0/5 but this one deserves it.