I’m somewhat surprised at the vehemence of the one-star reviews panning Mika’s book, and her critics’ overall diatribe about her being a “preachy, insensitive celebrity bitch,” piously harping from the back seat of her MSNB limo. She and Diane Smith wrote this book, fully aware that this would be the backlash. On page after page, Mika humbly concedes: “I know how this will come across.” The reality, though – again, woven through the entire tale – is that she has waged her own herculean struggle with food and been-there-done-that. It has been her lifetime obsession and cross to bear; even now, as an apparently thin and successful TV co-host, she battles endlessly with orthorexia nervosa, a maniacal and unforgiving fixation on healthy food.
Regarding her selfishness in putting herself on the book cover, that’s simple reality. The celebrity’s picture will sell more books and serve a wider audience. I have no doubt Diane Smith is grateful for the increased royalties and heightened public influence her courageous story will enjoy because her friend Mika is well-known.
Finally, anyone who watches Morning Joe knows that Mika is a knowledgeable and gracious co-host. Sure, Scarborough is the more voluble and politically astute of the two. But Mika carries her part with aplomb and a demeanor of consistent grace toward all studio guests, whether liberal or conservative.
And, oh yes, the book itself bears a helpful message: healthy eating is a matter of a decades-long lifestyle: balanced eating with cheerful occasional detours along with moderate exercise.