This is my first posting here. I found this to be an interesting topic and wanted to chime in with a slightly different perspective.
I googled the author's name, William Leith, and found he wrote an blindingly honest and introspective column for the The Observer (UK) about his every day trials and tribulations. It didn't take much reading to find Mr. Leigh has lived a life with many addictions - with food binging being the most difficult to overcome. This line from the an article posted on the Guardian Unlimited website illustrates the author's struggle with food:
"Having being addicted to almost everything, Leith found his food problem the most stubborn, because it was the most impacted, locked away in secret childhood face-stuffings of pie and cake."
This, to me, speaks of one who may have something to say about overcoming a food addition.
My feeling is that waist size doesn't always determine a person's health; and one's level of fatness, perceived or real, hinges on many variables. Whatever degree fat the author is, or perceives himself to be, it seems certain he is a binge eater.
I'm no fan of the Atkins diet, but I am very intrigued by the journey of a man who could overcome a cocaine addition yet still struggle with binge eating. I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment.