Beautiful Bodies

A Memoir

by Kimberly Rae Miller

Number of pages: 234

Publisher: Little A

BBB Library: Psychology and Strengths, Personal Success

ISBN: 978-1477829578

About the Author

Kimberly Rae Miller is a writer and actress living in New York City. Her writing on healthy living has been published on Conde Nast’s blog network, Social Workout, Yahoo’s women’s network Shine, and in various magazines. She also contributes entertainment news to CBS Radio and CBS New York. In 2010, Kim was featured in Katharine Sise’s breakthrough career guide Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career. You can read her personal blog at


Editorial Review

What is the ideal body? Kimberly Rae Miller sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. While on a fascinating and hilarious journey through time that takes her from obese Paleolithic cavewomen, to the bland menus that Drs. Graham and Kellogg prescribed to promote good morals in addition to good health, to the binge-drinking-prone regimen that caused William the Conqueror’s body to explode at his own funeral, Kim ends up discovering a lot about her relationship with her own body. Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who’s ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body…in other words, just about everyone.

Book Reviews

“What makes this memoir different from other accounts by women struggling with their weight is that the author knows the science behind it…”—Kirkus Reviews

Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who's ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own other words, just about everyone.

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Wisdom to Share

If we stopped being ashamed of our bodies, the whole diet industry would collapse.

The Bible was an inspiration for America’s first diet-reform movement, led by none other than Graham Cracker in 1829, not as a vehicle for chocolate and marshmallows but as a way to ward off unholy sexual urges through good old-fashion wheat germ.

None of us had gained weight because we wanted to. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and every one of us feels alone in it.

Eat less, move more was a mantra I had lived by, but I’d taken it to extremes for more than half my life, and I had broken my body, as my body had no idea what to do with food anymore.

I had spent a lifetime dieting, and it had made me heavier.

For most of human history, our ancestors simply had less food available and had to work much harder for it. Whether they went fat or not, it had more to do with where they lived than instinct and self-control.

There was a part of me that secretly wished that my baby wasn’t a she, because the world is so much harder on girls. The pressure to be everything, to be smart but also to be beautiful, ambitious but also supportive of everyone else, carefree but thoughtful, full of personality and gravitas but also in great shape— it’s a tightrope that I’ve fallen from on many occasions.

I hadn’t had any connection to my body since I was seven years old. I’d made it the villain of my life story—I blamed everything on it. If I didn’t get the part, I blamed my body. If I didn’t get the guy, I blamed my body. If I didn’t like who I was, I blamed my body. But I didn’t want to blame it anymore. I wanted a truce. I wasn’t ready to love it, but I didn’t want to hate it anymore.

Chasing the ideal body is like chasing the horizon—it’s all a matter of perspective. I’ll never really get there, but I’ll appreciate the view as I try.

Being a health and fitness writer was a complete accident, but it was always in the making: I’m addicted to dieting. I have eaten nothing but meat, nothing but raw vegetables, nothing but fruit, nothing but juice. I have counted points, calories, and scarfed down all my meals in a six-hour feeding window. Dieting is my real hobby.