>• What’s different about Geneen Roth’s bestselling diet book? The author—who’s gained and lost more than 1,000 lbs. since adolescence but is now holding steady—explains.

YOU SAY THIS ISN’T A DIET BOOK?

Diet books don’t work. For every diet there’s an equal binge. I’m looking at why women turn to food.

WHY DO THEY?

We think that if we didn’t eat, our feelings would destroy us. We turn to food when we don’t like what’s going on.

THAT’S NOT A NEW IDEA

No, but people just want to fix it. I’m saying, be curious about your relationship to food. Because how you eat is how you live.

WHERE DOES GOD COME IN?

I use God to mean a longing for something bigger: goodness, amazement. Understanding your relationship to food is a doorway to finding that.

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