Young women get health advice in new book; yoga for overweight people

Tuesday, April 20, 2010; HE02

FOR YOUNG WOMEN

Moms, BFFs may not know best

"The Real Life Body Book" (Celestial Arts, $22)

Gynecologist Hope Ricciotti and health writer Monique Doyle Spencer have produced this guide for women in their late teens, 20s and 30s to steer them away from what they call the "Favorite Four" sources of health (mis)information: best friends, Mom, magazines and the Internet. Ricciotti refreshingly does not hold back her strong opinions on topics such as plastic surgery, which she thinks women should avoid except for health reasons. "If you are a patient in my office with butt implants, breast implants and a facelift . . . I'm going to wonder why you were that unhappy."

FULL-FIGURE YOGA

You don't need to be skinny to stretch

"Plus-Sized Yoga" (DK Creative, $18.95)

Donald Keith Stanley does not use the "f-word" -- fat -- and prefers to identify himself as someone who is "not height-weight proportionate." As he writes in the introduction, Stanley took up Kundalini yoga when he was fit. However, the more he expanded, the less yoga he did and eventually he quit. When Stanley picked it back up again in 2005, he found that many of the postures were nearly impossible for him to do because of his heft, and "a millisecond later the idea for the book popped into my head." Stanley, a former employee in the natural foods industry, is not a yoga teacher, so he consulted with six of them to produce the book, which is a tad short on instructions for physical postures (50 of 229 pages) and long on emotional and spiritual self-improvement.

-- Rachel Saslow

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