She thought she was the first one since ancient Rome. Her mother wished she could do it, too. Her doctor called it "a great weight control technique." Read what it was like to consider yourself the first and only one since ancient Rome –and still live a fascinating life.

The Skinny: Adventures of
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Rayni Joan grew up as Roberta Joan Weintraub in Newburgh, New York during the 1940’s and 50’s. During a critical period in the early 1970s, she was part of the Liberation News Service collective, where for $35 and 10 free meals per week, she researched and wrote news and feature articles.

Her ground-breaking feature article, “Women, Fat of the Land” appeared widely throughout the U.S. in June, 1970, making Ms. Joan the first public confessor to the then unheard of habit of binging and purging, later diagnosed in the 1980s as bulimia. Despite the word and the fact of “bulimia” being largely unknown at the time, her compelling story containing her stunning confession was picked up by and published on the front pages of dozens of alternative weekly newspapers, where it struck a chord with more than a million women readers – a chord that resonates to this day.

Although her public confession was a major turning point in her life, it nevertheless took Ms. Joan seven more years to kick the habit. Today, she shares her wisdom and experience in a tranquil setting with a select few.

Ms. Joan continues to write, and is now Director of the Center for Increased Consciousness. She lives near the beach in Santa Monica, California, with her husband, writer Robert Moskowitz. An ordained Interfaith Minister, she enjoys officiating at weddings and other life passages. Ms. Joan has three grown sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and seven gorgeous grandchildren.