Jesse Tannenbaum, a casting producer working with ABC-TV, is looking for young people who have worked through a difficult health issue and turned the experience into a positive in their communities.
I was Emily Rooney's guest on "Greater Boston" on Tuesday night. It was a nice thrill, since Georgie and I have been fans of her show, especially the Friday "Beat the Press" segment.
It's past truism to say that comedy shows have become key providers of information and current events for many people, even as Jon Stewart disclaims such an effect, or says that it shouldn't be that way.
Here's the link to the story about me on "Chronicle" the other night.
Please note: They tacked on a continuation of their reporter's dream to be a soap opera actress onto the end of the video, but I'm pretty sure the "Fat Boy Thin Man" content stops at about 3 minutes.
Please tune in, and please share the news with others you think might be interested, via social networking, the water cooler, or whatever else you have at your disposal.
If you're not in the Boston area, you can see the piece online beginning on the 23d, at the above link.
Another tenet of my argument (see prev. post) is that insurance-supported rehab must be available to food addicts in the same measure as it is for other addictions. I reached that conclusion via experience: I was in the eating disorders unit of a psychiatric hospital in 1991, and it remains a cornerstone of my recovery, which is in its 20th year.
Apart from my former Boston Globe colleague Renee Graham, this will probably fall mostly on bored ears. I can't draw a larger point or demonstrate very much of anything from it, and yet I fail to self-edit.
I wanted to acknowledge, but not spend too much time on, "Mike and Molly," a sitcom CBS has purchased for the fall. I watched its clip online and it appears it will be very much like pretty much every other sitcom, with extra fat jokes thrown in.
Fat jokes are a sitcom staple, of course, but usually they've come from the nebbishy fat guy, or the brassy fat woman. But Mike and Molly meet in an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, and hilarity ensues from there. Presumably.
The boomlet in mainstream media attention to the legitimacy of food addiction continues tonight on ABC’s “Nightline” program when its cameras follow Laurie U., a binge eater, into a treatment center devoted to eating disorders and then into her transition homeward afterward.