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SOSOCAL / CHAT ROOM; Shedding Light on Shedding Pounds
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Uslan, Rachel
Date: Sep 17, 2000
Start Page: 9
Section: Los Angeles Times Magazine; PART-; Times Magazine Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

In 1978, Lori Gottlieb was queen of her fourth grade's lunch hour. She was thin, getting thinner, and her Beverly Hills classmates wanted her secret. When Gottlieb, now 32 and a medical student, came across her long-lost journal of the year that took her in and out of anorexia, she decided to publish it. With its candid 11-year-old's narration, "Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self" (Simon & Schuster) reveals the mind-set behind both her eating disorder and the awkwardness of adolescence that led her there.

A: Executives in the entertainment business work from a place of fear. It's easy to cast a show with another Calista Flockhart, and if it fails you can say, "But Calista Flockhart was so popular." But if you cast it with normal-looking people and the show flops, well, you lose your job because they'll say, "What were you thinking?" If somebody were to take that kind of risk and cast healthy-looking, fit, normal people, if we just redefined what is attractive, that would send a message to Hollywood that they could do this.

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