Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness

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"Father Hunger" is the emptiness experienced by women whose fathers were physically or emotionally absent—a void that leads to unrealistic body image, yo-yo dieting, food fears and disordered eating patterns. The term, which is now part of the psychology lexicon, originated with the first edition of this work in 1991.
After having completed a decade's worth of further investigation, Dr. Maine has updated the information about men and their daughters in this second edition. She offers a new crash course on being ...
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Overview


"Father Hunger" is the emptiness experienced by women whose fathers were physically or emotionally absent—a void that leads to unrealistic body image, yo-yo dieting, food fears and disordered eating patterns. The term, which is now part of the psychology lexicon, originated with the first edition of this work in 1991.
After having completed a decade's worth of further investigation, Dr. Maine has updated the information about men and their daughters in this second edition. She offers a new crash course on being a girl in today's culture, based on her expertise as a leading eating disorders prevention advocate. This edition describes the origins of father hunger and its effect on the family, with even more practical solutions to help fathers and daughters understand and improve their relationships. Also included is an expanded section for educators and therapists to help them more effectively prevent and treat the problems that occur between dads and daughters.
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"This powerful book explains how a father's emotional or physical absence can contribute to a daughter's eating problems, body dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem."
Lindsey Hall author of BULIMIA: A Guide to Recovery and Self-Esteem: Tools for Recovery

"Fact one: Dads tend to withdraw from girls during adolescence. Fact two: Adolescent girls too often develop unhealthy eating behaviors. Put these two ideas together and you get a fascinating book called Father Hunger."
Daughters: A newsletter for parents of girls ages 8-18

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936077499
  • Publisher: Gurze Books
  • Publication date: 7/10/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 276,989
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Some psychology of eating disorders

    Very thorough but concise, this book expounds on the correlation between emotionally absent or patently absent fathers and how anorexia, bulimia and bulimarexia are not connected to the mother, but to the father after so many years of research, study and the like. Discusses common misunderstandings about the father in the parent/child relationship, the emptiness a young and adolescent girl lives with constantly so painfully, and speaks alot about what many eating disordered females have been only pining to confer about and agree with, for many years and decades. This book is also a big plus for students, therapists in addition to suffering family members.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    Some Eating Disorders Explained

    Are you involved with a family member that has an eating disorder?
    It can be in both male and females !!
    If you want to know how this may have come about, and to understand the problems and difficulties that are part of this illness, then read this book.
    It is an easy to read and understand "story" that may help someone on the rocky road to recovery that is never ending.
    It is for both the professional and lay-persons, who have to face this challenge, with lots of information to help you onward.

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