Reading by Peach Friedman

The Writers Series is presented as part of the MFA Program in Writing
March 6, 2009, 3:30–5:00 pm

San Francisco campusMFA Writers Studio (15th and De Haro)
(followed by a pizza reading)

CCA MFA Program in Writing graduate Peach Friedman is the author of Diary of an Exercise Addict. She works privately as a personal fitness trainer, training men and women in their homes or at public parks and tracks. She also works as the education & outreach coordinator for Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Sacramento, and is a spokesperson for NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association).

Friedman's forthcoming book, Diary of an Exercise Addict, a memoir account of her struggle with and recovery from exercise bulimia and anorexia nervosa, is due for publication in November from The Globe Pequot Press.

She has recently appeared in People magazine, as well as on ABC's The View and 20/20, along with San Francisco ABC-Channel 7's new talk show, The View from the Bay, and a special on E! True Hollywood Story. She has been interviewed for stories in the Palo Alto Weekly, the Daily Press in Hampton, VA, and the London-based magazine, Woman.

Peach Friedman has been working in the fitness industry since 2001, and as personal training since 2002. She has worked in Virginia and California, teaching group classes and individuals or duets in private homes. Her interest in health and wellness fitness for women grew out of an eating disorder and exercise compulsion. In recovery she became passionate about spreading the message that bodies can be fit in many shapes and sizes.

According to Friedman, exercise does not have to be about punishment or trying to attain a different body; rather, it can be a gift to ourselves -- a way to feel energized and confident in the body we naturally possess.