In Pursuing Perfection, authors Margo Maine and Joe Kelly explore the emotional, social and cultural factors behind the ongoing epidemic of disordered eating and body image despair in adult women at midlife and beyond. Written from a biopsychosocial and feminist perspective, Pursuing Perfection describes the many issues women encounter as they navigate a rapidly changing culture that promotes unhealthy standards for beauty and appearance. This updated and expanded edition (originally published as The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to Be Perfect) is a unique guide for anyone seeking practical tools and strategies for adult women looking to establish health and body acceptance.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1 The Changing Shape of Womanhood. 2 Fact versus Fiction: How Survival Shapes the Body. 3 Women’s Bodies Women’s Lives. 4 The Shape of Eating Disorders. 5 So Why Do People Do It? 6 How Family Shapes Us. 7 The New Extended Family: How Culture Shapes Us. 8 The Shape of Recovery. 9 Thinking and Coping in New Ways. 10 Embracing Our Selves. Resources. Acknowledgements. Endnotes.
About the Authors
Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS has treated eating disorders since 1980 and maintains a fulltime clinical practice, Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, in West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her extensive writing and teaching, Dr. Maine is a Founding Member and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders; a member of the Founder’s Council and past president of the National Eating Disorders Association; and a founding member, longtime board member, and past vice president of the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy, and Action.
Joe Kelly has been a professional journalist and editor since 1985. A former board member of the Eating Disorders Coalition, he advocates on issues of eating disorders, daughters, fathers, and other men in families.