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The Ministry of Thin: How the Pursuit of Perfection Got Out of Control

The Ministry of Thin: How the Pursuit of Perfection Got Out of Control

by Emma Woolf


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We’re obsessed with weight, we dislike our bodies, we worry about the food we eat, we feel guilty, we diet. Too many of us are locked into a war with our own bodies which we’ll never win, and which will never make us happy. The Ministry of Thin takes a controversial, unflinching look at how the modern, international obsession with weight loss, youth, beauty, and perfection has spun out of control. Emma Woolf, author of An Apple a Day, explores how we might all be able to stop hating and start liking our own bodies again. She rallies against the industries of food, health, exercise, beauty, sex, and surgery that seek to create a world that verges on the Orwellian —with the victims of this onslaught trapped and dominated by the societal pressures to conform.

And she dares to ask: if losing weight is the answer, what is the question?

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ISBN-13: 9781619023291
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Emma Woolf is the great-niece of Virginia Woolf. After studying English at Oxford University she worked in publishing, before becoming a full-time writer. She is a columnist for The Times and The Daily Beast and also writes for The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, Harper’s Bazaar, Red, Grazia, and Psychologies. She was a co-presenter on BBC Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny; other media appearances include Newsnight, Woman’s Hour, and Radio 4’s Four Thought. Emma’s first book, An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia was shortlisted for the Best Award for Recovery Inspiration. She was also nominated for Mind’s Journalist of the Year. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Ministry of Food 15

2 The Ministry of Fat 37

3 The Ministry of Diets 57

4 The Ministry of Detox 73

5 The Ministry of Gym 89

6 The Ministry of Fashion and Beauty 103

7 The Ministry of Sex 121

8 The Ministry of Surgery 135

9 The Ministry of Age 159

10 The Ministry of Madness 179

11 The Ministry of Success 197

Conclusion 217

Acknowledgements 229

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