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Body Wars : Making Peace with Women's Bodies - An Activist's Guide
Maine, Margo, PhD
Gurze Books / Turner Publishing / Softcover / 1999-08-01 / 0936077344
Food & Eating Disorders (Self Help) / Women's Issues
price: $26.50
246 pages
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Margo Maine spares no target in this straightforward and entertaining expose. Loaded with facts and inspirational quotes, this is an activist's guide for parents, educators, therapists, patients, former patients, or anyone who wants to fight against the forces that prevent women from being comfortable in their own bodies. Included are extensive Strategies for Change with ideas for personal and cultural growth, as well as resources with addresses, organizations, and recommended reading.

* 25 Ways to Love Your Body

* Guidelines for Letter Writing

* Top Ten Reasons to Give Up Dieting

* Join the Fight Against Fashion

* See the Homogenizing Effects of Cosmetic Surgery

* Stop Violence Against Women

* Fight Size, Sex, and Age Discrimination

* Tactics for Healthy Eating

* Facts about Kids and Dieting


"Here is basic ammunition for all of us victims caught in the crossfire and fallout
of Body Wars, their loved ones, and the many professionals who are helping them
fight back. This valuable guide is user friendly, broad in scope, and filled with
timely information and strategies." — Rita Freedman, Ph.D. author, BodyLove

"Margo Maine skillfully combines knowledge, passion, and her extensive experience as
a model of activism to produce a clear set of active answers to the question,
'But what can anyone do about the culture of beauty and thinness?' I highly recommend
this book to anyone who cares about the development of girls and better health
for women and men." — Michael Levine, Ph.D. co-author, Preventing Eating Disorders

"Each well-constructed chapter sets forth the challenge, equips us with strategies to implement change and supplies an extensive resource list for reference. Body Wars both teaches us the terms for engaging our opponents and that united efforts will win the war." — Mary S. Pabst, M.S.W. President, Eating
Disorders Awareness and Prevention

"The author suggests action plans for those who 'don't want to take it any more' by providing concise, pointed exercises that expose advertising propaganda for what it is. Her suggested solutions and detailed lists of resources are presented chapter by chapter, and are offered as tools that individuals fighting their own demons can use in daily battles. Dislike how you look? See the list of '25 Ways to Love Your Body.' Think you need to lose weight? Take the self-assessment test on 'What Really Happens When We Diet.' I particularly liked the sections on schools, sports, and ballet. For example, the section on sports offers a 'Mom and Pop Sports Attitude Quiz' and 'Questions About Coaches and Teams.' There's even a chapter for men. All in all, this is an extremely wise, and practical book."— Eating Disorders Today Newsletter, Vol 1 - Issue 1, Spring 2002

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