Abby Ellin

Abby Ellin

I’m a former columnist for the Business section of the New York Times, and a frequent contributor to the Styles and Health sections of said newspaper.

My work has been featured in an array of publications, including The Village Voice, The New York Post, The NY Daily News, New York, Glamour, Self, Gotham, Time, Newsweek, More, Marie Claire, Redbook, Maxim, POV, Fortune, Psychology Today, Salon, and The Daily Beast, among others. My twelve-part series, “How to Raise a Millionaire” ran on

In 2005 I published my book, “Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs in on Living Large, Losing Weight and How Parents Can (and Can’t) Help” (paperback came out in 2007), which was optioned for TV by Sony pictures. I am also the recipient of an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, in Boston, which is a really good degree if you have no other marketable skills.

My essays have appeared in “The Secret Currency of Love” and “In Search of Adventure,” and twelve of my words popped up in the “Six-Word Memoir” collections (“Jew-born. Yeshiva-educated. Date goyim” and “I’m too old for this S***!”) Apparently, I make a rather lengthy appearance as myself in the Sundance-award winning film We Live in Public (I wrote about the main character, Josh Harris, in 2000). Alas, no one has ever sent me a screener, so I have yet to see the movie. (If anyone has–be honest now: Do I look fat???) Years ago I received the Sword of Hope award from the American Cancer Society for a story I wrote on breast cancer. More recently, I won a prize from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for my March, 2008 New York Times article on my disastrous Lasik surgery. If only I could see it, that would be really cool.

As of this writing, my greatest accomplishments have been climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with a broken wrist, and naming “Karamel Sutra” ice cream for Ben and Jerry’s. You can learn everything you ever want to know at