The Sweet Life: Libra on the Scales

What do Dr. Atkins, Fergie & Nietzche have in common?

Though not alone in the zodiac when it comes to the tendency to weight and over-indulgence, the roster of celebrities born under the sign of the scales, who struggle


the scales, and for whom recognition and success comes through weight-loss, diet books and related products is staggering. Cosmic coincidence? Proof that sun sign astrology works? Or is there something inherent in the mystery of the only inanimate sign in the zodiac and the sense of separateness, spiritual hunger and life-battles experienced by its natives? Thoughtful study of the lives of those noted may serve as a tool for self-understanding, leading to victory in the battle to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

The list includes: Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch; current Weight Watchers spokesperson and former Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson; actress, author, diet product manufacturer, and Thigh Master pitchwoman, Suzanne Somers; matriarch of MTV's favorite dysfunctional family, Sharon Osbourne, who in a drastic move, had her stomach stapled and dropped 100 lbs; Actor and musician Meat Loaf, a/k/a Michael Lee Aday,; Tenor "grande" and yo-yo dieter, Luciano Pavarotti; gender-bender actor Divine (Polyester); Pop Diva Jennifer Holliday, and last but not least, the once curvy now zaftig plus-sized blonde Swedish sex bomb Anita Ekberg star of Fellini's classic film "La Dolce Vita" which translated means, "The Sweet Life".


'Atkins Diet' creator, Dr. Robert Atkins' life typified the Libran struggle to find and defend one's truth. Even though many continue to succeed on his controversial high fat-low carb regimen, he was forced to defend his position many times over. Libra is said to be the sign of peace, yet a closer look at Libran lives reveals just the opposite. They're supremely talented but are almost always either embroiled in a battle (Tim Robbins, Oliver North, Charlton Heston, Susan Sarandon, Rev. Al Sharpton) contradictory (Lenny Bruce, C. Everett Koop); OR brilliant but unstable (Margot Kidder, Oscar Wilde, Carrie Fisher). Dreaming of Utopia (John Lennon), they strive for honor (Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt) in an ignoble world.

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