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'Nice Girls Finish Fat'

"NICE GIRLS FINISH FAT: Put Yourself First and Change Your Eating Forever," by Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed. (Fireside Books, $13.99), coming out June 2.

"The women I treat are so overnice that they'd not only insist on giving you the blouse off their backs, they'd launder and press it first," writes cognitive-behavioral therapist Koenig. "The problem is that often their size grows as big as their hearts."

Or: If you put yourself on the bottom, you'll watch your bottom grow.

A "How nice are you?" quiz shows if you need to "perform a nice-ectomy" on yourself.

THE SCOOP "No More Nice Girl Manifestos" may help you change behavior toward family, friends and work.

THE BOTTOM LINE "Selfishness" can mean self-esteem, Koenig says, so do something special for yourself "that makes you feel a little bit naughty." Then you'll be naughty . . . and nice. But not too nice.


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