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Reviewed by Michelle Mollohan for Readers' Favorite
Rita Just Wants to be Thin by Mary W. Walters tells the tale of Rita, an emotional over-eater and chain smoker who is dissatisfied with her lot in life. Rita becomes increasingly depressed and disgruntled when the scale tops 200 pounds. Married to Graham, she is the stay at home stepmother to two children that do not listen to her. When Graham begins working from home, Rita loses the quiet mundane existence she has wallowed in. Living in the shadow of her husband's dead wife and feeling inadequate by comparison, her resentment grows as Graham retreats into his office more and more, leaving her to tend to the children and subsequent family issues that arise. Various diets are attempted only to be discarded with subsequent feelings of despair and self-loathing. Rita finally has the epiphany that she needs to take care of herself first and makes necessary steps towards finding her happiness.
In Rita Just Wants to be Thin, Mary W. Walters has hit the nail on the head. She expertly tells of the inner struggles with despair and self-loathing that anyone suffering from an addiction goes through. Rita is a typical emotional over-eater that is resentful of those who depend on her. Rita slowly comes to terms with the stressors that cause her to want to treat her emotions with food, such as the fear that she is not good enough compared to her husband's deceased wife. Rita Just Wants to be Thin touches on the fact that psychology plays a major role in over-eating and therefore it is not easily solved by simply dieting. This is an enjoyable book for those of us who aren't model thin and have our vices!