Making Weight: Men's Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape and Appearanceby Arnold Andersen, Leigh Cohn, Tom Holbrook
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The negative body-image epidemic that affects millions of women is also a hidden problem for millions of men. In spite of a decade-long emphasis on health and fitness - or perhaps because of it - more men are suffering from a variety of eating disorders and self-abusive behaviors. Using vignettes from their patients, the authors present a new program to help men overcome these problems. They offer ways to enhance self-image, facts about why diets fail, information about the dangers of using steroids, and a section for women who want to help the men in their life.
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Fat is not just a feminist issue any more! This book is for men who cannot stand the way they look in the mirror, and the ones who are so driven for perfection that they neglect the deeper areas of life. It is for men who are overeaters or anorexic, bulimics or excessive exercisers. Traditionally, gay men were thought to be more concerned with appearance than heterosexuals; but in the 21st century, both are troubled. Men have the same issues regardless of sexual orientation, and all men are addressed here. Making Weight is also intended for loved ones who want to help the men in their lives and professionals who treat these disorders.
A synchronicity about men’s bodies is occurring in our culture. Television talk shows are beginning to include segments about guys who have eating disorders, and male celebrities have recently begun to acknowledge their problems in public. An HBO segment recently aired on a male student athlete who died of anorexia nervosa, and an evening news show just promoted itself with a story on men and cosmetic surgery. Newspapers and magazines are also starting to pick up the topic. Psychology conferences on men’s issues have been featuring speakers—including the authors of this book—for the past few years, and treatment programs have recently sprung up that are specifically for men. Coauthor Thomas Holbrook’s facility has specialized in treating men for many years. This subject is beginning to explode in the media, just as bulimia did in the early 80’s.
What People are Saying About This
(Margo Maine, Ph.D., author of Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters & Food)
John P. Foreyt, Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
&151; Michael Levine, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
(David M. Garner, Ph.D. Co-editor, Handbook of Treatment for Eating Disorders)
Craig Johnson, Ph.D. President-elect of Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention
Richard Keelor, Ph.D. Former Director of Program Development President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Meet the Author
Dr. Arnold Andersen has appeared on numerous radio and television shows. He lives in Iowa City, IA. Leigh Cohn is the author of several books on eating disorders. He lives in Carlsbad, CA. Dr. Tom Holbrook is a recovered anorexic/ bulimic who treats men with eating disorders. He lives in Oconomowoc, WI.
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