Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Indianapolis, IN
I loved it. I read it when I was already vegetarian, but hadn't been for long. It helped me by giving me more information and incentive to stick with it forever. I think it's important for new vegetarians/vegans to read many things when they start to convert so they can see the different aspects of it (health benefits, animal rights, environment, etc) so they are less likely to switch back.
I also let my friend borrow it, who then decided to be vegan. It's a good "converting" book I think. And it gets at a different part of the population, the people who are more concerned about weight loss and health than animal rights. Those people usually get into animal rights aspects later on, but I don't think they would be as persuaded by something related to that. If I just showed my friend "Meet Your Meat" I know she would be mad at me for showing her something so gruesome. She might stop eating meat. But, she might not feel as strong of a connection than if it were for a reason that directly benefits her. And yeah, Skinny ***** has some unpleasant parts in it, but I don't think it's too much to scare off the average person.
I like the language and the way it's written. I think a lot of people need that. Like for me, before I was vegetarian, I ate McDonalds and fried food every day, rarely ate vegetables, and was generally an awful eater. Anytime I would hear nutrition info, it would be like "Yeah, yeah, I already know I eat badly, but I don't really care." But Skinny ***** is more of a wake up call, like "Hey, you're an idiot if you keep doing that to your body and expect to be healthy and lose weight. What are you thinking??"
I don't even remember the plan in there, so I didn't realize it was so much about processed foods. But I think even if people don't read or follow that part, they will still get the majority of the important information. And, processed vegan foods are much better than processed non-vegan foods for those people who wouldn't switch otherwise, so I'm okay with it. Once people go vegan they probably start cooking more and learning their own favorite foods, so they probably don't follow the plan very long.