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His body mass index is 60.7. His shirt size is XXXXXXL. His waist is 60 inches around. “Those are the numbers,” Tommy Tomlinson writes in his new book. “This is how it feels.” And maybe we should understand how it feels at a time when American bellies keep expanding. Tomlinson makes a strong case for the timing of “The Elephant in the Room.” The seasoned journalist with a Southern voice reports with prose that is funny and heartbreaking.

Seth is a features writer at The Gazette, covering the outdoors and the people and places that make Colorado colorful.

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