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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Neva L Crogan, PhD, APRN, BC (University of Arizona College of Nursing)
Description: With this book, the author presents a new approach to healthier living without dieting. Healthy choices are discussed while exploring societal pressures and myths.
Purpose: The author addresses the problems in today's weight-obsessed world while providing direction in how to break free with a new approach that helps people and does not harm them. It is a much-needed book for women experiencing obesity and its multiple effects on everyday life.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for the woman who is trying to find her way out of a limiting, weight-obsessed existence. She also offers direction to health professionals, educators, and policymakers who see the need to shift towards a health-centered approach to weight loss. The author is a credible expert with practical experience and appropriate education.
Features: The book is in two parts; in Part I the drive to be thin, hazards of weight loss, public manipulation, size prejudice, and the unremitting weight gain of the general population are covered. In Part II a new paradigm for healthy lifestyle choices is offered. The new model affirms the right to health at any size or weight. The book includes self-help tools, questionnaires, health-centered resources, websites, references, and an index. The title is somewhat deceiving in that it does not reflect the health-centered approach to better living through healthy choices.
Assessment: This is the first edition of a much-needed book. A health related paradigm is presented with a focus on healthy choices, physical activity, and feeling good about oneself at any size. This is a practical approach to a difficult, multifactorial problem affecting many women in today's society.