I’m 34 years old and I live in Chicago, where I work as an editor and a writer. I started this site in November of 2000 to write about body image, weight issues, and diet culture because I thought there was a lot more to say about this kind of stuff besides what you might read here. I have a another site called Candyboots, which I built in April 2003 as a home for my stupidly popular collection of Weight Watchers 1974 Recipe Cards. I write the pop culture column for BUST magazine. In the spring of 2005 I published my first book, I’m Not the New Me.
I grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, hometown to many bright people who were also complete tools. I went to college at the University of Iowa, and then stayed there too long doing God knows what, mostly stuff that I forgot once I moved back to Chicago and got a TV.
You’re always welcome to write me but please understand I’m not able to respond to every email. In fact, it’s very rare that I can answer reader email these days. I have an updated FAQ section and a lot of guilt, if it helps any.
I warn you, as always, that I swear a lot on this site. Not to rock the shitwagon or anything, but I do.
(photo by Mireya Acierto)