Top critical review
3 people found this helpful
Encourages thinness, not positive body image
on 5 September 2013
I bought this book to help me feel more positive about my body, and to help get rid of my weight obsession. The back cover states that Geneen teaches fifty ways to feel gorgeous and powerful no matter what, however, read the whole book and you will see that the underlying message is that thinness is what will make you feel great.
Her aim is to supposedly make you feel great no matter what your size. She says you may not be happy when you are thin. She says to get rid of 'thin' clothes in your wardrobe. She encourages you to wear a belt. There are so many contradictions in the book as well as comments which riled me such as (talking about a chat show host who wanted her on his show):
"Anyone who speaks about weight loss, eats chocolate every day, and stays thin knows something other people deserve to know.", says the host. Yes she eats chocolate, but one square a day! If this is the only "bad" thing she eats, of course she'll be thin!? Again, this drives home the message that being thin is the route to happiness. Eating one square of chocolate a day will make you feel great? I think not. Very hypocritical.
She says: "Your job is to do your best at all times", i.e. don't overeat, don't eat doughnuts, don't drink cola.
If you want to feel great about yourself, do not buy this book. Instead try "Fat is a feminist issue" (if you are female obviously!.