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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books (1 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044991058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449910580
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will empower all women to stop believing that our bodies are the problems, dieting the solution."
--Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.
Author of The Dance of Anger


In this revolutionary new book, bestselling authors Carol Munter and Jane Hirschmann explore the myriad reasons why women cling to diets despite overwhelming evidence that diets don't work. In fact, diets turn us into compulsive eaters who are obsessed with food and weight.


Munter and Hirschmann call this syndrome "Bad Body Fever" and demonstrate how "bad body thoughts" are clues to our emotional lives. They explore the difficulties women encounter replacing dieting with demand feeding. And finally, they teach us how to think about our problems rather than eat about them--so that food can resume its proper place in our lives.


"Many women will find in these pages exactly what they need: determined, optimistic, and resourceful coaches, pausing at the right moments to acknowledge the difficulty of change, then passionately urging them to press on."
--Susan C. Wooley, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Codirector, Eating Disorders Center
University of Cincinnati Medical Center


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The premise of the book is that you must love or at least unconditionally accept your body if you are ever going to stop compulsive eating. The writers recommend many steps which will sound scary in the beginning (like ensuring that there is always a stock of your fave foods and treats in your house!). I know that many women fear that if they love their bodies, they will not have an incentive for getting fitter. Experience taught me that this is simply not true. I, too, was scared. In fact, after reading the first 10 pages, I was ready to toss the book. Thank God, I did not. It made me think. It made me realise. And it made me move on to recovery from food obsession. It does not matter very much to me any more, but FYI I have lost and continue losing weight almost effortlessly. The reason I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 is that I found it tedious at some points. But the good parts are definitely worth 5 stars. It may change your life. I would also recommend Marilyn Migliore's "The Hunger Within". It is more practical and places emphasis on different issues, but it is a very good complementary book to this one. Geneen Roth's books (especially "Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating") are also very helpful.
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This book was recommended to me by my dearest friend. Like many women, we've both spent years dieting like crazy and/or exercising obsessively -- and then giving it all up, eating obsessively, hating ourselves, hating our bodies...you know the cycle. If this sounds familiar, maybe you're ready to try a completely different approach. Yes? Then read this book. It's about creating a world in which your body size *does not matter* -- only your happiness, peacefulness, and well being are important. That society is not the society we live in, but it *was* the one our foremothers belonged to, and if enough of us are willing to change our attitudes, maybe someday it will be the one our daughters or granddaughters inhabit. If we want to create that world, we have to make some big changes. Learning to let go of your obsessions, focusing on your body's true rhythms and needs, accepting and *liking* what you see in the mirror today, this very minute -- that's hard. It's harder than any diet. But the rewards are far beyond what you get from losing 10 or 15 pounds (only to gain it back again and hate yourself in the long run). The rewards of learning to love yourself just as you are, to nurture yourself as lovingly as you nurture others -- that's beyond measure. It's something that, if you can do it, will be with you forever. No one will be able to take away your self-love, except yourself. Interested? Then please read this book. Join the growing number of women who no longer accept the unrealistic ideal of female perfection that is thrown at us daily. Become an instrument of change -- both for yourself and for the twisted, diet-crazed, unhealthy society we're presently a part of. Think ahead to the peace you can create -- both for others and especially for yourself.
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As a budding psychiatrist with a strong personal and professional interest in eating disorders, this book speaks to me every time I pick it up. It makes sense. These authors present their thesis for changing the focus of your life from food and weight in small carefully explained steps, and challenge your arguments and doubts in detail immediately thereafter. I must agree with the other reviewers in recommending that every woman in America read this book. If you are sick of dieting and tired of hating your body, and who isn't? This book will change your perspective and tempt you to take their advice and change your life. I've only just begun, but it's changing mine already.
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Read this book if you are serious about recovering from your eating disorder. This book changed my life. It is the most comprehensive book on eating disorders for people who have them dealing with how to love and take care of yourself without shame or guilt and how to love yourself no matter what your size or relationship with food. It speaks out why diets are just a form of control that will not really change the things in your life that are making you eat or not eat.
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It's hard to be a woman, but this book makes it easier. This book is the only one I've found that sets up guidelines for learning to love your body--how to feel acceptance and peace. It's a radical notion (what would become of the diet/cosmetic/tanning/hair/orthodontic /fashion/cosmetic surgery industries if women decided they were beautiful in their own uniquenesses and they were just going to kick back and enjoy themselves?) This book sets out joyous and triumphant possibilities for the kind of lives we can choose to live.
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This book is an eye opener. I have been trying to step off the diet ladder for a while now having been I have been a compulsive eater for years and struggled with (minor, if there is such a thing) bulimia. Even when I was an average size I was never thin enough.

I have read a lot of books about stopping dieting and learning to accept yourself but none have been as comprehensive, nurturing and useful as this one. I hate the title (its not a book you can easily read in pubic without a cover!) but the book is a real gem. It covers lots of different issues that people face and gives useful tips on how to overcome them. Some will be more relevant to you than others. I previously read "overcoming overeating" by the same authors which was good (4 Stars) but I'd rate this one at 5 stars.
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