Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It

Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It

by Harriet Brown

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ISBN-13: 9780738217703
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 721,205
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Harriet Brown is the author of Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia, which has been translated into several languages and won a Books for a Better Life Award in 2011. She has edited two anthologies and has written for the New York Times Magazine and Tuesday science section, O Magazine, Psychology Today, Prevention, and many other publications. Brown is an associate professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Twitter (@HarrietBrown)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: How My Life Changed with One Sentence xv

A Few Words About Research xxix

Chapter 1 Four Big Fat Lies About Weight and Health 1

When Doctors Can't See Beyond Weight (Pattie) 20

No Such Thing as a Fat Athlete (Liv) 28

Chapter 2 The Amazing! Seventeen-Day! Flat-Belly! Grain-Brain! Biggest Loser! Raw Food! Diet

How I Keep It Off-For Now (Debra) 37

In Recovery from Dieting (Mandy) 49

The End Justifies the Means (Joslyn) 55

Chapter 3 Good Food, Bad Food

I Wore Shorts This Summer (Alyssa) 78

Learning to Live with Food (Kelsey) 85

Chapter 4 Money, Motivation, and the Medical Machine 95

The Doctor Thought I Was Lying (Terri) 109

My Doctor Wouldn't Touch Me (Kate) 118

Chapter 5 The Truth About Beauty 123

My Husband Tells Me I'm Beautiful, But… (Shannon) 129

My Mother's Worst Nightmare (Ellen) 139

Chapter 6 It's All in How You Look at It 153

The Worst Kind of Judgment (Pat) 167

I Do Not Have a Disease (Lizabeth) 174

Chapter 7 Now What? 179

Intuitive Eating (Stacey) 187

How I Started to Learn to Love My Body (Dawn) 193

Eating Well for Health (Marsha) 201

Notes 207

Selected Bibliography 231

Index 245

About the Author 274

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