Synopses & Reviews
Advance Praise for The Body Myth
"This book can save your life! In a bold and honest analysis, Dr. Margo Maine and Joe Kelly offer a beautiful balance of truth and inspiration that invites you to release yourself from the trappings of the Body Myth and come home to your magnificent self."
Jeanine C. Cogan, Ph.D., Policy Director of the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action
"Delve into this no-nonsense call for liberation from the Body Myth to personal freedom. You will emerge well informed and want to spread the word!"
Emme, supermodel, bestselling author of True Beauty and Life's Little Emergencies, and Chair of the National Eating Disorders Association's Ambassador's Council
"Margo Maine and Joe Kelly have written a must-read. This book says what so many women are feeling but don't dare say, and offers responsible guidance and help for those who don't dare ask. The Body Myth puts it all on the table with incredible intelligence, compassion, and support."
Lynn Grefe, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association
"It's high time America recognized that compulsive eating and dieting are not just problems for the young. We have Margo Maine and Joe Kelly to thank for this wise and compassionate guide to liberation from the Body Mythat any age."
Aimee Liu, author of Solitaire
"The Body Myth exposes the multiple stresses in our current culture that contribute to eating disorders and then describes what women can do to become empowered in the world."
Pauline S. Powers, M.D., President of the Eating Disorders Association
"This is a very, very important book. The authors authoritatively identify the problems and then offer informed solutions. It is a landmark publication that will be useful to both sufferers and professionals working in the field of eating disorders."
Craig L. Johnson, Ph.D., founder and Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
A groundbreaking look at adult women who struggle with eating disorders and other body issues.
A groundbreaking look at adult women who struggle with eating disorders and other body issues
In the relatively short history of eating disorders treatment, the overwhelming majority of patients and clients have been teenage girls and young women. But now, clinical psychologists like Margo Maine are treating increasing numbers of women in their mid-thirties and beyond suffering from disordered eating or the preoccupation with achieving a perfect body. This unique guide helps women and their loved ones understand eating disorders and the obsession with perfection, exploring the challenge of identifying the problem, the different eating disorder triggers adult women experience, and the various treatments available.
Clinical psychologist Margo Maine has been successfully helping adult women overcome eating disorders and body image problems for over twenty years. In The Body Myth, she explains the toll these problems can take on women’s lives and provides healing insights and proven techniques for reclaiming readers’ lives from the debilitating belief that a woman’s self-worth and her worth to others are derived from how she looks, how much she weighs, and what she eats–the Body Myth. Using poignant real-life stories, Dr. Maine explores the complex emotional, social, and cultural forces that perpetuate the Body Myth. A unique and invaluable source of information and inspiration, this breakthrough guide equips readers with the knowledge and tools to escape the clutches of the Body Myth and live a more balanced, fulfilling life.
Intellectually, women know that:
- We are more than the sum of our physical parts
- The answers to life's problems can't be found in an "ideal" weight or body shape
- Our sense of personal and professional fulfillment shouldn't be determined by our dress size
Still, too many of us remain caught up in the grim downward spiral of body image distress, overexercising, compulsive dieting, and obsessions about "good" and "bad" food. Meanwhile, many of us believe that eating disorders and body image issues are problems for adolescent girls, not for mature women. So we're often too ashamed to talk honestly with anyone about our dilemma.
Now there is hope.
Clinical psychologist Margo Maine has been successfully helping women over thirty overcome eating disorders and body image problems for more than twenty years. In The Body Myth, she explains the terrible toll these problems can take on your life. More importantly, she provides healing insights and proven techniques for reclaiming your lifeor the life of someone you lovefrom the debilitating belief that a woman's self-worth and her worth to others are derived from how she looks, how much she weighs, and what she eatsour culture's Body Myth.
With the help of poignant real-life stories from women of various ages and walks of life, Dr. Maine explores the complex emotional, social, and cultural forces that perpetuate the Body Myth. She describes the dynamics of how and why it seduces so many otherwise sensible women into self-loathing, destructive behaviors, and unhealthy relationships with food and the body.
A unique and invaluable source of information and inspiration, this breakthrough guide equips everyone with the knowledge and tools to find release from the clutches of the Body Myth and live a more balanced, fulfilling life.
About the Author
MARGO MAINE, Ph.D., is cofounder of the Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, LLC, and a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for more than two decades. She is a clinical consultant to and former director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut, and a Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Maine is a founder of the National Eating Disorders Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders, and she serves on the boards of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program as well as Dads and Daughters.
JOE KELLY is a journalist, activist, and author of Dads and Daughters. He won the 2004 Award for Action from the Eating Disorders Coalition.
Table of Contents
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.
Appendix: Resources for Eating Disorders and Body Image Despair.