Women and Dieting Culture: Inside a Commercial Weight Loss Group / Edition 1

Women and Dieting Culture: Inside a Commercial Weight Loss Group / Edition 1

by Kandi Stinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813529492

ISBN-13: 9780813529493

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

American women invest millions of dollars, as well as much time and energy, in a quest for a body that meets our culture’s standard of beauty—slenderness. Since we define a woman’s sexual attractiveness as essential to her social worth, it is no wonder that “fat is a feminist issue.”

Commercial weight loss organizations have come

Overview

American women invest millions of dollars, as well as much time and energy, in a quest for a body that meets our culture’s standard of beauty—slenderness. Since we define a woman’s sexual attractiveness as essential to her social worth, it is no wonder that “fat is a feminist issue.”

Commercial weight loss organizations have come under attack from feminist scholars for perpetuating the very social values that cause women to obsess about their weight. In Women and Dieting Culture, sociologist Kandi Stinson asks how these values are transmitted and how the women who join such organizations actually think about their bodies and weight loss. As part of her research, Stinson fully participated in a national, commercial weight-loss organization as a paying member. Her acute analysis and sensitive insider’s portrayal vividly illustrate the central roles dieting and body image play in women’s lives.

            As she experiences the program and interviews other members, Stinson discovers that the women view the causes and cures of being overweight according to five distinct, though often overlapping, concepts: self-help, work, religion, addiction, and feminism. Drawing extensively on the dieters’ own words, Stinson explores each of these concepts and outlines how they form interrelated patterns which, when analyzed, yield an exciting new perspective on the transmission of cultural values.

            Armed with fresh insights into how women feel about weight and their bodies, Stinson finally ponders the question: Can one be a feminist and still wish to lose weight?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813529493
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
1Eating, Dieting, and Being Female1
2In the Beginning31
3"I Couldn't Have Done It Alone"58
4"You Just Have to Keep at It"95
5"The Body Is a Temple"120
6"If I Had a Plan"160
7"Be Your Own Best Friend"180
8Speaking of Weight202
References217
Index229

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