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My mother and I made this dress for my high school ball. We designed it to disguise the lumpy bits that no teenager should have to deal with. For all our efforts, however, the dress can’t hide the fact that I am positively obese.

October 1986
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"Dear Dr Amanda, I was very happy to receive your reply to my email. Thank you very much. I purchased your book 'The Don't Go Hungry Diet' and I started putting it into practise on 11th April when I was part way through the book. This will only be the method for me, I just have to dispose of my vast library of other diet books. I weighed and measured yesterday and less than 3 weeks I have lost 2 kilos and 1" around my waist. My weight is now 89.9 kilo. My height is 7'7". Sorry about the measure but I just can't get used to centimeters. I have a pedometer and I manage 8000 to 9000 steps a day. It is still hot here during the day so walking is confined to either early morning or late afternoon. I have made myself a success diary in a notebook and I can honestly say I never feel real hunger. I am not a big breakfast eater, I either have cereal or toast. I don't feel like any more to eat until after 2pm in the afternoon. Then I eat my evening meal about 7pm, which is a light meal. I have relished in the fact that I can eat a large variety of foods and seasonings. It is quite exciting really when I have dieted all my life. I don't look at myself with revulsion anymore because I know there is a way to control it and it is so simple. I just need patience. I have had famine reactions of fatigue, dizziness, lack of concentration, nausea, headache which disappear when I eat something like a small cinnaman doughnut, a peanut butter sandwich or a muffin from your recipe. I have stopped having the severe reactions now. I have baked several batches of those muffins and they are very popular. Yours sincerely"

- Elizabeth Burton, Robina, QLD