Elizabeth Takes Off

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Taylor has been in the public eye since the age of nine, when she made her first movie, and never had a weight problem until she left Hollywood to live in Virginia as Mrs. John Warner. There, during her first year of marriage, she aided her husband in his campaign for a United States Senate seat. Because the campaign trail included meals grabbed at odd times and snacking on whatever was available, Elizabeth found herself gaining weight. When her husband won the election, Elizabeth was pushed out of the limelight and into the role of stay-at-home wife. Her self-image and self-esteem suffered tremendously during this period, and she ate to compensate. Finally her children begged her to get help for her weight, drug, and alcohol problems before her excesses killed her. Although she acknowledges the latter problems, it is the weight loss and the concurrent effort to improve her self-image that she concentrates on in this book.

Many overweight women will identify with Elizabeth Taylor’s problems in starting and maintaining a weight-loss diet, and very few will fail to find inspiration in her words. She offers recipes and a sample fourteen-day diet plan, maintenance plans, and advice on how to vary the plans to suit one’s own food preferences. She gives instructions on how to do the exercises she favors, which were designed with her back problems in mind.

Fans who want to read about Elizabeth Taylor, the star, will find enough in this book to suit them. Overweight women who want to lose weight will find even more: an inspiring tale of courage and perseverance.