Edie and Richard Middlestein have raised two children, Robin and Benny, to adulthood. From the outside in, theirs may look like an ideal --- or at least pleasant --- life. However, Edie, who has been an enthusiastic eater since childhood, is now obese, weighing over 300 pounds. Despite having an appointment for a second surgery to correct a diabetes-caused arterial problem in her leg, and despite repeated warnings from her doctor that her corpulent condition is life-threatening, Edie changes nothing. She doesn't exercise, and constantly and ravenously eats gigantic portions.
"I absolutely devoured THE MIDDLESTEINS, reading the entire thing compulsi