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At last a book that challenges America's obsession with thinness and reveals its profound mental and physical effects on women. This book examines the ways this obsession consumes women, shatters their lives, even kills. It documents women's four major weight and eating problems — eating disorders, dysfunctional eating, size prejudice and overweight — all on the rise in modern society. A new approach is needed to deal with these issues in healthier ways. The old ways haven't worked. This book issues an urgent warning call to families, health professionals, and the media to stop today's destructive policies, and gives clear guidelines on how women and those who work with women can bring about meaningful change to improve health and well-being. Written by an international expert in this field, Frances M. Berg, editor of Healthy Weight Journal, licensed nutritionist, and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. A valuable resource for health professionals in the Afraid to Eat series.
Women Afraid to Eat is also a handbook for change at the personal and cultural level. It offers women positive feelings, reaffirming that they can be healthy and attractive at any size. It gives clear and specific guidelines on how women (and those who work with women) can bring about meaningful change to improve health and well-being. Women Afraid to Eat encourages women to eat well, live actively, and feel good about themselves and others.
The book uncovers important, little-known facts -- e.g., how government research reports manipulate the truth about the efficacy of popular weight loss programs.
Berg argues that by educating themselves and taking control of their lives, by shifting from a weight-centered to a health-centered approach, women can counteract the ubiquitous internal and external pressure to be thin. . . . Delivering a powerful message to the weight-loss industry as well as to consumers, this title should help reshape attitudes, behaviors, and expectations. Berg provides excellent lists of health-centered resources and of health-centered Web sites. The references are extensive and up-to-date.
—CHOICE, American Library Association
|Part I||Today's weight-obsessed world|
|1||Fear of food, fear of fat||15|
|2||Our culture fails to nurture women||31|
|3||Dysfunctional eating disrupts normal life||51|
|4||Eating disorders shatter women's lives||71|
|5||Weights continue to rise||95|
|6||Prejudice punishes large women||111|
|7||Living in starvation mode||129|
|8||The risks of losing weight||147|
|9||Food and activity choices intensify problems||169|
|10||How the diet industry exerts control||193|
|Part II||Breaking free, living free|
|11||Health at any size||213|
|12||It's about you||227|
|13||The joy of active living||245|
|15||Celebrating size diversity||283|
|16||Creating a more nurturing culture||301|
|17||Prevention and treatment||315|
|18||Call to action||331|
|Body mass index chart|
|Statistics and information|