New York, NY – There’s a new book out that’s the anti-dieting book, with a mission to not perpetuate the dirty word “skinny” (yes, skinny is a dirty word), but rather to call attention to the many societal ways in which our country emphasizes a body type that is not only unattainable, but also, actually, unhealthy.

Scared Skinny No More! Scared Skinny No More!
In an unlikely and refreshing pairing, comedienne Mary Dimino and Dr. Brad Johnson have teamed up to write Scared Skinny No More: Exposing the Myths of Weight Bias and Weight Loss. Dimino, most famous for her critically acclaimed solo show “Scared Skinny,” winner of The New York International Fringe Festival Best Solo Show Award, in addition to many other TV roles, national commercials and standup shows, and Johnson, a research doctor with more than 20 years in the wellness and fitness fields, realized that by combining forces they could write a smart, thought-provoking book on the state of health and perceived beauty in our country. Naturally, there are also some classic “aha” moments from Dimino, delivered with humor and levity. The title of the book originates from Dimino’s hit solo show, “Scared Skinny.” Growing up fat, funny and afraid in an Italian family from Queens, food … and then more food … was a part of the daily routine. After years of what turned into emotional eating, Dimino was quite literally scared skinny. One day, after an alarming visit to her doctor and overhearing some cruel comments in a park, Dimino took responsibility, got to work and lost 115 pounds. Her hilarious journey is documented in this award-winning one woman show “There was a time in my life when I worshiped the word ‘skinny’ and wanted to be known as that,” says Dimino. “After reflecting on my own experiences, and teaming up with Brad, I realized that the emphasis in our society should be on living a healthy life, not by trying to become a size zero overnight. We hope that this book will give women a fresh outlook on their weight and body image and hopefully push the nation in the right direction.” Scared Skinny is divided into myths about weight, body image and health, including: • If you're overweight, you're unhealthy. • If you want to lose weight, you need to cut out carbs. • If you’re thin, you automatically have a low BMI. “I’ve spent my life’s work researching all aspects of weight and health, and I quickly realized that our society is at a gross disadvantage with all of the misinformation out there,” says Dr. Johnson. “I hope that readers will breathe a sigh of relief after reading this book and learn that there are many factors, both of a societal and personal nature, that contribute to one’s weight. Once we understand these factors, we can move forward towards a healthier future.” Scared Skinny No More!: Exposing the Myths of Weight Bias and Weight Loss Authored by Dr. Brad Johnson, Authored by Mary Dimino List Price: $14.95 5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm) Black & White on White paper 144 pages Sunbury Press, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-1620061855 ISBN-10: 1620061856 BISAC: Health & Fitness / Weight Loss For more information, please see: Also available on Kindle and Nook