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Fat is a Feminist Issue: The anti-diet guide to permanent weight loss Hardcover – 1 Jan 1978

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Paddington Press; 1st edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448227851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448227856
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Virtually all feminist debate on body image and beauty imagery owes its existence to Susie Orbach's enduring formulation" (Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The Beauty Myth)

"Susie Orbach's pioneering work isn't just the first to expose the links between sexual politics and female dieting; it remains the classic work on the subject ... it is more essential than ever that Fat is a Feminist Issue be read by every woman" (Susan Faludi, bestselling author of Backlash)

"[Orbach's] pungent psychoanalytic insights and plain good sense ensure that this is still the sharpest, and best bible for the food junkie" (The Independent) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Updated and with a new introduction. The complete volumes of the bestselling classic that revolutionised women's relationship with food. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I simply can not speak highly enough of this book and the effect it has had on me. I feel as though I have had years of therapy, and the effects are not limited to my attitude to food, but are seeping into other areas of my life too. I honestly believe that I will never over-eat again in my life and I feel completely free of all anxiety surrounding food.

I knew that dieting had never worked for me, and I knew that my emotions were somehow bound up in my eating habits, but I didn't have the tools to unlock them. Orbach very concisely lists the main reasons we form anxiety about our bodies, obsessively diet, and compulsively eat and helps you to work through these complex neuroses and come to terms with your body and learn to see food as a friend again. I have cleared my cupboards of low-fat diet products and filled them with abundant gorgeous food. Yet I'm the slimmest I've been in years!

Ladies, buy this book now, fall back in love with food (and your body) and you'll never have to say The diet starts Monday" ever again!
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By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2012
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This is a book I have heard mentioned every now and then for many years and I have always wanted to know what the book was about. So when I saw a cheap used copy I couldn't resist buying it to find out.

I'm somewhat overweight and have many serious health problems, which contribute to my weight issues in a number of ways. I didn't expect to relate so much to the different reasons that I could be choosing to stay overweight, but after reading this book I now have no doubt that at least part of my inability to maintain a healthier weight is not physical.

I'm a feminist, of course. (I don't understand at all any woman who wouldn't want to be identified as a feminist, someone who supports equal rights for men and women, and who find the term cringe-worthy. It is only a terrible term if you believe all the anti-feminist and status quo supporting media and propaganda and so on, surely?) But I was surprised in reading this book how much of it really hit home with me, but how little any of it had to do with my gender or with feminism!

Not all the possible reasons for staying overweight had to do with feminism, as the title of this book may suggest. In fact, the vast majority of them did not. Some of the parts which did have to do with gender, such as mother-daughter competitiveness issues, I didn't relate to at all, possibly because they the book is very dated. (My mother has always worked and so doesn't envy my ability to work, for example.)

Some of the book is very dated, but it is easy enough to skip over those parts and to spend time contemplating the more timeless concepts. I'd very much recommend this book for men dealing with high or low weight issues, as well as women. It is a classic and you're sure to gain some real insight into your unconscious thoughts and actions by reading it.

This book provides lots of food for thought!

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E.
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By A Customer on 23 Mar. 2005
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I would highly rec'd this book to both those in the helping professions working with people with eating disorders and also those suffering with one. I have found it invaluable as a Psychotherapist but more importantly in my recovery from bulimia. I reread it almost every year.
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I have now read a multitude of different books on overeating and for me this has been the best one...if you buy any book, buy this one!
why?
1. It goes into the general cultural context- why women have a problem with fat, what those problems might be, etc...she's done her research
2. She provides the basics for a new approach which is similar to the one advocated by Geneen Roth, the beyond chocolate method,etc but consolidates their ideas into this one comprehensive book
3. She provides practical excercises on how to start facing your body issues with mirror excercises/writing excercises, etc.

All in all the most practical, satisfying book i've read on the subject and the one that's helped me most to gain a new perspective of my eating.
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I first read this book about two years ago whilst pregnant with my first baby and it absolutely blew me away with its honesty and clarity. I have struggled with eating, body image and food since early adolesence, but since reading this and working hard to apply its principles to my life I am the lightest I have ever been, I am relaxed about food and eating and despite having a post-baby body I think I look marvellous!
I would thoroughly recommend it for any woman who has problems with their eating: I would not have believed the almost magical effect it would have on me.
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The insights offered in this book still relate very pertinently to today. The exercises give some devastating insights into how you perceive food, and how that relates to your self-image. This book stands head and shoulders above some of the later books in terms of its simplicity. It is needed now more than ever with the "liberation" of women, which has led more and more to a distorted media image of women's bodies.
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Perhaps it's my fault for not doing more research before reading this book but I was a little surprised at how psychoanalytical it was and how much it directly geared itself toward compulsive eaters. I was expecting more of a feminist analysis of body image and our society's weight-obsession. It brought up some interesting concepts, e.g. the idea of making yourself unattractive to escape the male gaze, but overall I didn't find the arguments entirely convincing and I think that there are better books out there for people with compulsive eating issues.
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