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Fox-Kales (psychiatry, Harvard U.) is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders; she is also professor of cultural studies and a film buff. Here, she examines how Hollywood images of bodily perfection and slenderness contribute to the phenomenon of eating disorders, through screen identification on the part of the spectator. She analyzes recent films such as Miss Congeniality, Shallow Hal, Never Been Kissed, Mean Girls, and Real Women Have Curves as visual representations of various social forces including the medicalization of consumer beauty practices, the fitness movement's ideologies of discipline, and discourses of celebrity body maintenance. The book is illustrated with numerous b&w film stills. The author is executive director of the Feeding Ourselves Program at McLean Hospital. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Christin, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
This book explains in plain English (i.e. no endless strings of academic jargon) the ways in which Hollywood movies both reflect and encourage the cultural attitudes and thought processes that cause eating disorders. The author is both a professor and a therapist who treats eating disordered patients and she includes anecdotes from her students and patients throughout the book to illustrate the points she is making. My MA is in Women's Studies and my specialization was in pop culture representation, so nothing in this book was really new to me, but I think it's great for anyone who hasn't done the kind of extensive research in this area that I have. It's really clear and straight forward in both its language and the points it tries to make. Plus, it was published this year, so the films it uses both as examples and case studies are very recent and familiar. I liked it.

Also, if you are in recovery for eating disorders like I am, since this book focuses mostly on the movies and not so much on the behavior of eating disordered women, I didn't find it very triggering.
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Fox-kales, Emily
State University of New York Press
Fox-Kales, Emily
Body image in motion pictures.
Women in motion pictures
Film and Television-Reference
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