What inspired you to write your memoir?
A desire to share with others the path that allowed me to escape 30 years of fat and then obesity (top weight: 365). I’m now maintaining a 155-pound loss for more than 20 years. What worked for me is not in the mainstream belief that diets work, or that the problem is strictly food in and food out. It surely wasn’t for me.
About your Book:
I use memoir techniques to argue for the existence of food addiction. I explain food addiction and what its acceptance by mainstream medicine and popular culture would lead to. I detail what it was like to grow up fat, and to be obese into my 30s, and then the changes in attitudes, practices, and lifestyle that have helped me not only maintain weight loss but experience a flowering of life on almost every level.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I self published, through CreateSpace. I’m happy with my choice. Before I went that route, though, I approached about 40 agents without generating significant interest from anyone I wanted to trust, despite my writing on such a topic of broad influence in our society. Now that I have self-published, I find it does offer advantages, including retaining control of my title, but I do wish I had access to the sales channels and knowledge that a large publishing house would have. Still, I’m making my way.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Well, first, it’s a different sort of research. And, many readers, and people in general, make emotional contact with the content, in a way that a researched book might not offer. That isn’t to argue that researched books don’t portray content with emotional weight, but I believe that telling my own story is the most direct route to spreading the ideas arising from my experience, and that is my motivation.
Michael Prager is an author, journalist, and professional speaker who lives in Arlington, Mass. He was a daily newspaper editor for 30 years before taking a buyout from the Boston Globe in 2007. His book, “Fat Boy Thin Man,” has been featured on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” in the Washington Post twice, and in many regional and online media outlets.