The power of shopping for beautiful things is so strong for some women that even though she felt weak in the knees from that look in a full-length, rear view mirror, Maria managed to buy the purple shawl. She also bought the sweater in size M. Ten months later she would wear it to a party buttoned over a rib-knit tank topping a pair of jeans she’d borrow from Zoey, size four.
What happened to Maria in the boutique fitting room that day shattered all illusions she had about how she looked. She saw clearly how much weight she had gained. Without conscious effort, acknowledging this piece of reality began to change the direction of her actions.
excerpt from Breaking Up With Food: Maria’s Last Diet. By Julie North Schwarz and Kenneth Schwarz PhD — a novel of passionate weight loss