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Life Inside the Thin Cage: A Personal Look into the Hidden World of the Chronic Dieter

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Frustrated by the often unrealistic standards of beauty presented by today’s media, many women have become trapped in a never-ending pattern of chronic dieting. Daily they endure destructive self-talk such as “I can’t eat that or I’ll get fat” or “If I could just lose a few more pounds everything would be better.”

Chronic dieters may be any shape or size but they have one thing in common: They are often left to suffer alone with an undiagnosed “sub-clinical” eating disorder. ...

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Overview

Frustrated by the often unrealistic standards of beauty presented by today’s media, many women have become trapped in a never-ending pattern of chronic dieting. Daily they endure destructive self-talk such as “I can’t eat that or I’ll get fat” or “If I could just lose a few more pounds everything would be better.”

Chronic dieters may be any shape or size but they have one thing in common: They are often left to suffer alone with an undiagnosed “sub-clinical” eating disorder. Such sub-clinical disorders include eating habits that are unusual, even unhealthy, but do not fit the technical classifications of anorexia or bulimia.

Addressing the many dimension of “chronic dieting,” Life Inside the “Thin” Cage offers a wake-up call and practical steps to those who need healing. Readers will find personal stories, insights into their secret patterns and habits, reassurance that they are not alone, checklists, self-tests, and, best of all, a new road to emotional, physical, mental and spiritual freedom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877880387
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,424,074
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Constance Rhodes is a former marketing director for EMI Christian Music Group where she worked with artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Delirious, Margaret Becker, and Newsboys. For years, Constance herself struggled with a “sub-clinical” eating disorder. Today she is the founder of FINDINGbalance, a multi-faceted organization dedicating to helping people achieve balance in the areas of eating, image, and life. Constance and her husband, AJ, live in Franklin, Tennessee, with their son, Christian.
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Frustrated by the often unrealistic standards of beauty presented by today’s media, many women have become trapped in a never-ending pattern of chronic dieting. Daily they endure destructive self-talk such as “I can’t eat that or I’ll get fat” or “If I could just lose a few more pounds everything would be better.”
Chronic dieters may be any shape or size but they have one thing in common: They are often left to suffer alone with an undiagnosed “sub-clinical” eating disorder. Such sub-clinical disorders include eating habits that are unusual, even unhealthy, but do not fit the technical classifications of anorexia or bulimia.
Addressing the many dimension of “chronic dieting,” Life Inside the “Thin” Cage offers a wake-up call and practical steps to those who need healing. Readers will find personal stories, insights into their secret patterns and habits, reassurance that they are not alone, checklists, self-tests, and, best of all, a new road to emotional, physical, mental and spiritual freedom.

Author Biography:

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xiii
Introduction: The Undefined Disorder 1
Part 1 When "Thin" Becomes a Cage
1 A View from Within 5
2 When Dieting Turns Chronic 15
3 The Thought Process 27
4 Weird Eating--Exposed 39
5 Health and Physiological Factors 49
Part 2 How Did We Get Here?
6 We Live in a Fallen World 59
7 How Our Past Shaped Us 67
8 Significant Life Events 77
9 My Body Has Betrayed Me 85
10 Challenging Environments 91
11 The Hollywood Effect 99
Part 3 What Keeps Us Trapped?
12 We Don't Know We're in It 109
13 Making Choices out of Fear 113
14 We're Addicted 119
15 Good Help Is Hard to Find 127
16 Triggers 133
17 The Message of the Tapes 145
Part 4 A Good Dose of the Truth
18 Our Excuses and the Price We Pay 153
19 Sex Appeal Does Not Equal True Acceptance 165
20 It's All About Perspective 171
21 On Getting Older 181
22 That Which Defines Us Controls Us 187
23 A Richer Life Awaits Us 193
Part 5 Getting Out
24 Starting Simple 203
25 Changing Our Perspective 207
26 Opening the Closet Door 215
27 Anticipating the Pitfalls 223
Final Thoughts 229
Notes 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Great book, put a lot of things into clarity for me!

    This book was a great insight into a hidden world. Most people are not willing to open up and talk about this subject of Eating Disorders, knowign this woman came, saw, and conqured was very encouraging! Must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    Ok read

    This book was ok. Not great, just ok. I already knew most of the information presented. I thought it was geared towards more of a younger group. The insights were good and useful and provided a lot of information if you haven't already heard it before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Can relate to this book

    I found this book very relatable to my own history of eating problems. I could never be diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia but was somewhere in the middle. This book hits that spot. It talks about what other books have left out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2003

    Something to Relate To

    This book has something for everyone. If you don't struggle w/ chronic dieting, chances are you do know someone who does. It is very informative and insightful. An easy read cover to cover and may be helpful in discovering problems we all may have deep down inside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    Calling All College Women

    I just finished reading Life inside the 'thin Cage, by Constance Rhodes, and i have to say that i did not expect to relate to a whole lot in the book. I was completely wrong. From the minute i picked up the book, i was amazed to find myself relating to many of the personal experiences Constance had dealt with. Not only was this book a helpful insight for myself, but many friends came to mind as i read. I recommend this book to all women. I also reccomend this book for men. I know men could get just as much out of the book as I did.

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