TUNA BREATH: A 275-Pound Teenager's Coming Of Age Story

TUNA BREATH: A 275-Pound Teenager's Coming Of Age Story Written From The Unique Experiences Of Doug Pedersen, This Self Improvement Book Disguised As A Memoir Is At Once Funny, Poignant, And Generous, While Offering Genuine Advice Providing Intimate Insights Into Being A Super Fat Kid, An Insecure Teenager, And An Over Aggressive, Angry, And Ironically Arrogant Marine Who Was Full Of Self Pity, Doug Shares The Negative Emotional Drivers And Responses That Drove Him Through A Binge Eating Life Before Finding Physical Health, Emotional Balance, And Spiritual Wholeness Tuna Breath Invites Us To Intimately Observe A Troubling Life Journey In Which The Lessons To Be Learned Are Truly Visceral And Inspirational

PERSONAL BIODoug Pedersen was born in Greeley, Colorado As the youngest in a family of two boys, he was raised in Burbank, California by his youthful parents who traded in the farmland of Nebraska for the smog and sunshine of the big city He currently resides in the Washington, D.C area where he and his wife run a staffing company.According to his writings, he s a deeply sensitive guy that

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  • Paperback
  • 162 pages
  • TUNA BREATH: A 275-Pound Teenager's Coming Of Age Story
  • Doug Pedersen
  • English
  • 07 March 2018
  • 9781452575797

10 thoughts on “TUNA BREATH: A 275-Pound Teenager's Coming Of Age Story

  1. says:

    Eating Disorders fester in an individual s biological and psychological makeup We live in a society that prizes thinness sometimes above other qualities Yet food gets in your face all the time In our homes schools restaurants Theme Parks Movie theaters TV huge grocery stores fast food chains all types of restaurants etc When young children are often left home alone parents at work coming home to an empty house after school with a house filled with Costco Package Foods its a potential unhealthy risk in contributing to a child s binge eating Doug Pedersen was a little happy boy growing FAT unaware of his body until around 5th grade Once he became aware he was THE FAT BOY in school not called child obesity in those days.just HEY, FAT BOY Little Doug , kept those inner painful why me feelings to himself and ate understandable This memoir makes a connection between an overload of wrong foods choices kept in the home every day with the deeper hunger for a child s needs In Tuna Breath , The first 5 chapters Doug Pedersen gives us a good picture of his family home We don t see a family with set times for eating Breakfast lunch and dinner We don t read about happy conversations at meal times We don t read about food restrictions of snacks between meals We don t read about the parents eating habits We DO know Doug s older brother was thin We also learn from Doug that for the most part he was happy with his family He adored his mom learned good lessons from his dad and admired his older brother Doug just wanted to feel GOOD about himself TOO So By High School he became one DETERMINE kid to loose his weight HIS way PERIOD HE DID it Was it the best diet NOT the point Doug did the BEST he could with the skills he had at the time little education about nutrition and STARVED himself THIN Tuna and oranges were his diet food choices As we know with all eating disorders binge eating, anorexics, bulimics, etc no matter how food is tackled a person STILL must face the deeper issues themselves In Tuna Fish Chapters 6 through 9, Doug shows us a bigger picture of how he survived in a world as a THIN man successful on the outside life in the Marines strong physical body great fitness yet was beginning to notice he carried anxiety and shame within inner hungers which were getting shoved aside in desperation to look good being A STRONG FIT MAN In Chapter 10 and 11 Doug gets to the core of those insatiable desires What is hunger really about Its important to have a life that means something to YOU NOTE I ve often written this before I never know how to RATE a MEMOIR Its rare for me to give any memoir 5 stars only once I think 3 stars is what I d really give this small book I devoured it quickly I have much respect for this ADULT MAN contributing his story Eating disorders are often written by females Other Men Boys Parents kids may benefit I see a few things I may have coached our sweet author to have included in this book, but so what , don t many of us readers have our ideas to add..lol, especially if we are reading about a topic we know well What I enjoyed MOST about this book was DOUG PEDERSEN , the PERSON This is a decent loving husband father His heart sings Doug s memoir was personal unglamorous in a good way a genuine journey

  2. says:

    I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE THROUGH THE GOODREADS FIRST READS GIVEAWAY The title and cover art led me to believe that this book was mainly about Doug s weight loss journey Yes, I know the title says coming of Age Story The first third of the book, kept on the mark I was a little annoyed that he lost the weight the wrong way starvation and things seemed to just happen for him I am personally overweight, and reading this gave me less hope for my own loss, and left me aggravated.The second third of the book, went on a tangent about his stint in the Marines That part pulled me away from the book, but I pushed through.The last third of the book, went back into finding himself and tied in the weightloss and other aspects of his earlier years That part I enjoyed This would have been a 4 star read had the military portion been left out, and of his life s challenges would have been left in The military wasn t a challenge for him so it feel way left out of the book for me.

  3. says:

    I received this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway In this story we meet Doug He is an insecure, angry, and overweight teen because of his binge eating After graduating highschool he decides to make a change and lose weight so he can fulfill one of his dreams and join the marines There were many times I could relate to what Doug was feeling Especially with his encounters with the scale, who he refers to as Hannibal We ve all been there We have all heard the scale telling us ugly things when we don t see the number we think we should see We can all relate to feeling like we don t fit in because we don t look a certain way I applaud Doug for making the necessary changes to becoming a healthier person and I hope this book will encourage others to help themselves as well.

  4. says:

    Although not wowed by this book I didn t hate it honestly I didn t feel all that inspired but I appreciated Pedersen s honesty and how he put himself out there, even when he came off as an ass at times.

  5. says:

    For me, a good book makes me laugh, cry and think about myself in a whole different light I did all three with this book.Wow What an amazing story of self actualization First, I have to say a huge thank you Doug Pedersen and the Goodreads First Reads Giveaways which allowed me to receive an autographed copy of this book SPOILERY PARAGRAPH I wasn t an overweight teenager but I did have a lot of adversity happen to me in my teen years which caused me to turn to food as a comfort and I became overweight as an adult Like Doug, it wasn t until I identified the source of my real issues that I was able to help myself, move on and live a fuller life Doug s story began with his tales of just trying to fit in as the odd kid out and hiding his personal demons by binge eating Then he traded one vice for another when he joined the military The story of Hannibal , the scale, was so funny, I kept recapping that part to my co worker who also a great laugh I have a brother Army and good friend Marine in the military and it was really funny to hear about Doug s time in the core Their stories were similar but definitely not as funny When Doug wrote about his grandfather and then about his near death experience with his mother I cried like a baby I loved the ending where Doug gives us his acronym for the word LIFE I couldn t have put it better myself Again, what a wonderful story of personal redemption that I hope makes it to the NY Times Bestseller List

  6. says:

    While brutally honest, bittersweet, poignant, and also hilarious at times, I feel truly moved by this book by Doug Pederson Tuna Breath is a glimpse into this man s soul that we all have things in common with I think in this society, we all are a little too hard on ourselves, we judge others by our own insecurities, our fear of failure, and by our own self loathing Everyone I know is like this to some extent, myself included.Doug s grandfather Andy lived as we all should, in the moment and present at all times As Doug learned this, so should we all Listening to our hearts, instead of what logic tells us may just be what is needed to survive and flourish in this crazy world.Thank you, Doug for helping me to open my eyes just a little bit further

  7. says:

    I won this book from Goodreads.Doug Pederson was a 275 pound teenager who realized that he could lose weight by walking a lot and eating less Well, duh.Apparently this had not occurred to him he discovered this accidentally while working as a security guard and trying to please his boss.This book isn t meant to be a diet guide tuna, soda crackers and water or a training guide join the MARINES It is a memoir of one man s story of seeking and finding his own inner strengths.I m not jumping up and down about this book, but it did make me consider some of my own abilities and perhaps some hidden motivators.

  8. says:

    How do we live our lives With what world perspective do we move forward Tuna Breath is a look into one individual s important journey in finding self and purpose The anecdotes are satisfyingly amusing, and the overall story inspiring The first part of this short memoir pales in comparison to the last third of the book, as it takes this long to become acquainted with the narrator, but the reader is rewarded with a profoundly beautiful conclusion heartfelt sentiments and pure wisdom I enjoyed reading Pederson s story, all the ups and the downs.

  9. says:

    I won this book through goodreads first look and was pretty sure I knew what to expect When I started reading I was pleasantly surprised that the content was very unexpected Tuna Breath is real, raw, emotional, and very hilarious It gives an in depth look at parts of life that many people choose to ignore While I was reading I felt like Doug s story was being told to me in person He has a wonderful way of connecting with readers on new levels I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

  10. says:

    GOODREADS GIVEAWAY I love the philosophy behind why this book was written The author starts out so strong and has amazing inspirational quotes from his own life that are uplifting and all readers could relate to He gets a little long winded and off track for awhile in the middle with the detailed description of his military experience I much preferred the writing when he was trying to reach out to his readers He has a stronger writing style when he is trying to motivate others

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