Like Mother, Like Daughter: How Women Are Influenced by Their Mothers' Relationship with Food - And How to Break the Pattern

Like Mother, Like Daughter: How Women Are Influenced by Their Mothers' Relationship with Food - And How to Break the Pattern

by Debra Waterhouse
     
 

In Like Mother, Like Daughter, Debra traces the spread of disordered eating and body dissatisfaction in each generation to more and more women and to younger and younger girls. Through the latest research, she documents the destructive cycle of dieting and overeating, and untangles the complicated web of mother-daughter food connections. Debra Waterhouse provides the… See more details below

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In Like Mother, Like Daughter, Debra traces the spread of disordered eating and body dissatisfaction in each generation to more and more women and to younger and younger girls. Through the latest research, she documents the destructive cycle of dieting and overeating, and untangles the complicated web of mother-daughter food connections. Debra Waterhouse provides the skills needed to break free from this unhealthy cycle, pass on healthier eating patterns, and finally overcome our weight obsessions. Like Mother, Like Daughter will help all women to rise above society's restrictive eating rules; recognize the many direct and subtle ways that mothers, serving as society's messengers, unknowingly pass the torch of food and weight preoccupation; accept the healthy biological passage of womanhood from puberty through menopause and find a comfortable weight that's right for them; and take responsibility for their own relationship with food and become a healthier role model for the important women in their lives.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An obsession with dieting can actually cause weight gain, according to Waterhouse, a California research nutritionist. In summaries of dozens of studies and interviews, she shows how the height/weight charts have changed since the 1960s, how mothers protect their daughters from fat and thereby undernourish them and how girls, by age five, are diet-conscious. She cites a University of California study indicating that 80% of American girls are dieting by age 10. How to regain common sense about body shape, weight and food? The clue, Waterhouse states, is getting mothers free of a punishing culture so they in turn can free their daughters to find comfort in their body's healthy weight. Low-fat foods may actually contribute to weight gain: "Fat-free Fig Newtons contain 110 calories per serving; so do the regular Fig Newtons." Humor is used well throughout: "Scales are for fish, not for women." This book is filled with sensible tips for breaking the dieting habit and self-rating exercises to improve one's relationship with food. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Since many women are obsessed with thinness, they diet in pursuit of their ideal body image. These women learned to diet from their mothers and will, in turn, teach their daughters by example. Waterhouse (Why Women Need Chocolate, LJ 9/1/94), a dietitian and former anorexic, wants to break this vicious cycle by teaching women to have a healthy relationship with food so that they will be positive role models for their daughters. She advocates common-sense measures such as eating a wide variety of foods in moderation, balancing food intake with exercise, and encouraging a positive body image. She offers practical suggestions for modifying eating and exercise patterns in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Unlike Kim Chernin's The Hungry Self: Women, Eating & Identity (LJ 6/15/85), which explores only the psychological aspects of eating disorders, this book deals with making behavior changes that improve both physical health and parental relationships. Highly recommended for all collections.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.

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ISBN-13:
9780788166983
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Pages:
232

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