This book utilizes a feminist perspective to illuminate and explore the relationship between the anguish of eating disorder sufferers and the problems of ordinary women. The book examines the sociocultural pressure on women to conform to culturally ideal body types and how this affects individual self-concept. Such controversial topics as the relationship between sexual abuse and eating disorders, the use of medications and the role of hospitalization, and 12-step programs are explored.
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Introduction, S.C. Wooley, Fallon, and Katzman
I. A GENDERED DISORDER: LESSONS FROM HISTORY
1. Too "Close to the Bone": The Historical Context for Women's Obsession with Slenderness, Seid
2. ...And Man Created "Woman": Representations of Women's Bodies in Western Culture, O.W. Wooley
3. "I'll Die for the Revolution But Don't Ask Me Not to Diet": Feminism and the Continuing Stigmatization of Obesity, Rothblum
4. Faces of Female Discontent: Depression, Disordered Eating, and Changing Gender Roles, Perlick and Silverstein
5. Hunger, Wolf
II. A PLACE FOR THE FEMALE BODY
6. Four Generations of Women: Our Bodies and Lives, Brigman
7. When Reproductive and Productive Worlds Meet: Collision or Growth?, Katzman
8. Imagining Ourselves Whole: A Feminist Approach to Treating Body Image Disorders, Hutchinson
III. TREATMENT ISSUES: A FEMINIST REANALYSIS
9. Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders: The Concealed Debate, S.C. Wooley
10. Alternatives in Obesity Treatment: Focusing on Health for Fat Women, Burgard and Lyons
11. A Collaborative Approach to the Use of Medication, Raymond, Mitchell, Fallon, and Katzman
12. Feminist Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders: An Oxymoron?, Sesan
13. Mothers, Daughters, and Eating Disorders: Honoring the Mother-Daughter Relationship, Rabinor
14. "Hi, I'm Jane: I'm a Compulsive Overeater," van Wormer
IV. RECONSTRUCTING THE FEMALE TEXT
15. Conflicts of Body and Image: Female Adolescents, Desire, and the No-Body Body, Tolman and Debold
16. The Female Therapist as Outlaw, S.C. Wooley
17. The Journey of Recovery: Dimensions of Change, Peters and Fallon
18. Food, Bodies, and Growing Up Female: Childhood Lessons about Culture, Race, and Class, Thompson
19. The Politics of Prevention, Steiner-Adair
20. Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness, Kilbourne
21. Toward a New Model for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, Shisslak and Crago
22. A Feminist Agenda for Psychological Research on Eating Disorders, Striegel-Moore.
"An exceptionally important contribution.... A landmark work [that] deserves to be widely read and debated by professional workers and students in the field. Lucidly written and meticulously edited, its contents will undoubtedly be discussed for many years to come."
"This book...is an important milestone in the field....The entire book is essential reading for graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals, and practitioners."
"Exciting and unusual are adjectives that spring to mind when describing this book...The book is fun to read and yet at the end you are left with plenty to think about. It will be required reading for anyone interested in how social and cultural factors shape the individual."
-Journal of Child Psych. Psychiatry v36(6)