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This book chronicles one woman's lifestyle change and how her journey ignited a popular movement called the "Meltdown" that brought an entire county together in a community-wide weight loss experience.
Author Carole Carson's diary about losing 62 pounds, published in a local paper, brought her struggle to lose weight from an isolated effort out into the community, and it served as a catalyst for the public movement that subsequently developed.
Over the course of the eight-week Meltdown, a thousand people lost a total of 8,000 pounds in a community empowerment experiment. The movement swept away the shame and denial that often surrounds the struggle against obesity, and people lost weight together while making friends and having a good time.
The goal of the book is to spread such movements to other communities by showing how to use social interaction, mutual support, and plain fun to change unhealthy lifestyles.