Mika Brzezinski, Author of "Obsessed," in a Conversation With Joe Scarborough STREAMING LIVE NOW

Category: AuthorsCategory: Speakers & Lecture Series
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

This event is STREAMING LIVE NOW (click here)   [April 15, 2013] - Top television news journalist Mika Brzezinski is co-host of MSNBC’s morning news program Morning Joe, and author of two bestselling non-fiction books. Mika will visit New Canaan Library on Saturday, May 11 to introduce her latest book, Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction—And My Own.  She appears as part of the Library’s Authors on Stage series, and will be joined by her Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough.  Friend and contributor to the book, Diane Smith, will also be here. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

In Obsessed, Mika unabashedly proposes a more honest appraisal as to why our nation is getting heavier – every year. On Morning Joe, she often speaks passionately about improving America’s eating habit, and she isn’t afraid to use the word fat. Obsessed tackles the nation’s problem, but takes a personal turn as she lets the reader in on her own history of food obsession, distorted body image and struggles to be thin. She believes it’s time to put shame behind and take a hard look at the food we eat and our addiction to it.

In Obsessed, readers will learn:

  • Why more Americans are obese than ever before
  • Why it’s time we stopped whispering the F-word (“fat”) the way we used to shun the C-word (“cancer”)
  • What it was like for Mika to confront her close friend, Diane, and tell her she was FAT
  • Her challenge to Diane:  "I will pay you to lose 75 pounds”
  • Mika’s own history of food obsession, distorted body image, and her life-long struggle to be thin
  • How processed foods have been deliberately engineered to make us crave them
  • How “hyper-palatable” foods are responsible—in part—for making our country one of the most obese on earth
  • How food industry lobbyists are culpable for a health crisis that is costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars every year
  • Why the national obesity epidemic is not just a health and economic crisis, butalso a national security crisis, with one out of four young people in America today being “too fat to fight” 
  • Why the crisis is an inevitable response to the forces around us—from images of women’s bodies in society, to the policies that make it harder for kids to get healthy food at school, to agricultural subsidies that put cheap food filled with sugar, fat, and salt within all-too-easy reach
  • What others are doing to fight the fat cycle, and how we can contribute
  • How to teach our children to respect their bodies while maintaining a healthy body image

About Mika and Diane:

MikaAndDiane.jpgMika Brzezinski is co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers All Things at Once and Knowing Your Value.  She is the mother of two daughters, Emilie and Carlie, and is married to investigative journalist Jim Hoffer.  Visit Mika Brzezinski at www.Joe.msnbc.

Diane Smith is an Emmy award-winning TV journalist, radio talk show host, and author. Visit Diane Smith at www.dianesmithmedia.com.