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Still hungry-- after all these years : my story
Author:
Simmons, Richard.
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Publication Information:
New York : GT Publishing, [1999]

©1999
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303 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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English
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ISBN:
9781577193562
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Book

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Summary

Summary

For the first time, popular weight-loss guru Richard Simmons reveals his lifelong love affair with food in a humorous, moving, and candid autobiography.


Author Notes

Richard Simmons was born and raised in New Orleans. he moved to Los Angeles in 1973 after overcoming his own weight problem. In 1974, after consulting with doctors and nutritionists to ensure the safety of a program he tailored to the needs of the overweight, Simmons established a place where overweight people could go to slim down. The unrivaled success of his program continues today at SLIMMONS in Beverly Hills. Simmons' success as a fitness expert and advocate led to numerous local and national television and radio appearances, and in the mid- 70's, Simmons began a four-year run on "General Hospital". Following that, Simmons hosted "The Richard Simmons Show", a nationally syndicated, Emmy Award-winning series that ran for four years.

Following his own network television show, Simmons created two of the most successful weight-loss programs ever: Deal-A-Meal and FoodMover. Simmons has continued to find success with the marketing of his products in infomercials and on QVC, where he has sold over 27 million units of his products over the past 15 years, beginning with his "Sweatin' to the Oldies" infomercial which debuted in 1986.

Over the past 25 years, Simmons has released more than 30 videos. including "Platinum Sweat", a low-impact workout featuring participants 53-86 years old, and "Sit Tight", a workout done entirely from a chair aimed at people with chronic back pain, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, and other afflictions. Simmons is also the author of nine books, including the New York Times Best Seller, "Never Say Diet." Richard released his autobiography, "Still Hungry- After All These Years" in 1998. He is also the author of three best-selling cookbooks. Simmons also began the Cruise to Lose program aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. The seven-night excursion, the only one of its kind on the high seas, treats guests to a daily regimen of exercise, motivation, and nutrition.

Simmons averages some 300 days on tour each year, from a women's expo, a nursing home, a high school, children's hospital, or a shopping mall, to a corporate seminar, or sales meeting, and he also has his own website.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

America's favorite frizzy-haired fitness fanatic doesn't mind playing the coquet. New Orleans' own Richard confesses--under the subheading, "The Woman I Live With" --" Yes, there is a woman in my life. . . . I know this is the part of the story you've been waiting for." Those who really have been waiting will, however, just have to keep waiting. The female person to whom the apple-cheeked aerobicist refers is his housekeeper. He needed someone "because I now had a house full of kids--oops, I mean dogs." What a kidder! Richard, neMilton, reads just like he talks on his videos and infomercials, which at least allows potential readers to easily gauge whether this chummy autobiography is for them or not. Although he gives his love life scant attention, Simmons describes in detail his role in the advent of the infomercial, his constant battle to maintain his weight in the face of the incredible flair for cuisine he developed in the Vieux Carre, and the hectic world of the media in general. Simmons' reflections on the apparent devolution of his relationship with Oprah Winfrey seem heartfelt and are, of course, of great interest to serious popular culture scholars everywhere. Remarkably readable and informative in a sort of orchestrated, Disney-like way, this book reveals the inner Richard Simmons. You have been warned. --Mike Tribby


Publisher's Weekly Review

One of Simmons's great strengths as a fitness guru and infomercial demigod is his palpable empathy for others. But the man who feels others' frustration, anger and sadness does very little soul-searching here, beyond noting that "food equals love." Simmons radiates warmth and compassion in the book's later chapters, which cover his work rescuing morbidly obese fans (the focus of his 1993 book, Never Give Up) and establishing exercise programs for the physically challenged, but that depth of feeling is seldom evident when he tells his own story. Simmons presents himself as a chubby child who was constantly picked on but who was able to deflect all hurts with humor and by obsessing over food. Youthful anecdotes about inviting strangers home to dinner and putting the family home up for sale will make most readers feel for his beleaguered parents rather than for the irresistible scamp Simmons portrays himself to have been. Growing older, Simmons tackled his weight problem with starvation, vomiting, laxatives, shakes, Weight Watchers and diet pills, landing in the hospital after losing 112 pounds in two and a half months. He finally found the key to be exercise and smaller portions. Opening a salad bar/exercise studio in Beverly Hills brought him an acting stint on General Hospital. From there he built his fitness empire by writing self-help books, producing Sweatin' to the Oldies videos, creating the Deal A Meal food maintenance program and cannily marketing his image to the public. Simmons breezes past the $64,000 question, stating only that he is too busy working to have a private lifeÄbeyond his dogs. This autobiography is as bland as cottage cheese, but steadfast fans will no doubt eat it up. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Surely by now there is no one who has not heard of Richard Simmons, self-proclaimed "court jester of health." His over-the-top persona, his exercise videos, and his infomercials are familiar to all. Here, for the first time, he explains how a lonely, misfit childhood combined with a lifelong love of food caused him to work for years toward his dream of being accepted and helping others. His unabashed account of all the weight-loss techniques he has tried, from starvation diets to bulimia to support groups, will be recognizable to anyone who has ever struggled with weight loss. At last he found an exercise program he could enjoy, and he has spent the years since evangelizing. The book recounts his unusual childhood and shows how it prepared him for the work he does. Whether readers love his style or hate it, they will find this a remarkable portrait of a gifted man. Recommended for public libraries.ÄSusan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.