Phyllis Battelle in Ladies Home Journal, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1986
Being general director of the New York opera took a toll on Beverly Sills; she ballooned into obesity. "It made me sick to look at myself. I'd reached the point where I didn't want to have my clothes made anymore. It was too embarrassing. So I ordered everything from catalogues."
Eventually Sills was forced to face the problem. "I woke up one day and realized I was really ill." She went to see a specialist. "He put me on the scales. They read 215 pounds.
&ls;I cannot possibly weigh that much!' I gasped.
And the doctor said, &ls;Please look down. Are those two fat feet on the scale yours or mine?'"
Beverly smiles. "Once I accepted the problem, I was on my way."