Peter Walsh, the professional organizer and author who de-clutters for a living on the TLC show Clean Sweep has written a self-help book called Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?. The basic premise of the tome is that your mental and physical "clutter" are preventing you from losing weight. "Your home is a reflection of you," Walsh writes, "Not in some airy-fairy way, but in a real and tangible sense. It's no accident that at the same time we are struggling with the national 'epidemic of obesity' we are also living in homes weighted down with clutter and filled with 'stuff.'"
Dubious connection yes, but the premise of the book isn't even the problem, it's the way Walsh encourages readers to clean up their lives and their stomachs through guilt and humiliation.
There are a lot of delicious, fattening foods out there. Resisting them might be something you have to do whenever you're hungry, at every meal, for the rest of your life. Sounds daunting, but the only other option is making bad choices that go against the life you want... well, it's your call.
And then there's his "reality check": "Strip down to your underwear — or further if you're really brave — and then do some jumping jacks in front of the camera," he suggests. "The tape will give you a chance to see how your body moves with the extra weight you are carrying. This isn't intended to humiliate or depress you. It's simply an opportunity to glimpse how you look objectively... A reality check can be quite an appetite suppressant!"
Hmm, Walsh's real talk sounds suspiciously like Mike "No Chubbies" Koralchyk, the asshole gym owner (sample slogan: "Too chubby, never find a hubby") in Denver. Remember: he fancied himself a "truth-teller," too.