Consuming passions : feminist approaches to weight preoccupation and eating disorders / edited by Catrina Brown and Karin Jasper.

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"Weight, food, and body image are consuming passions for many women in contemporary Western society, often distracting them from the real sources of their dissatisfaction and unhappiness. In this far-reaching collection twenty-two contributors explore how women can empower themselves to eat without guilt, to accept their bodies, and to engage in changing the actual conditions of their lives."--Jacket.


Toronto, Ontario : Second Story Press, [1993]

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459 pages ; 23 cm


Copy 1. Donor: Family of Sheila Kitzinger.


Why weight? why women? why now? / Catrina Brown and Karin Jasper -- Creating beauty in Blackness / Kim Shayo Buchanan -- The continuum: anorexia, bulimia, and weight preoccupation / Catrina Brown -- Fat oppression / Beth MacInnis -- Why diets fail / Donna Ciliska -- Running risks: compulsive exercise and eating disorders / Helen Jefferson Lenskyi -- Deliciosa!: the body, passion, and pleasure / Farah M. Shroff -- Feminist therapy: power, ethics, and control / Catrina Brown -- Food, needs, and entitlement: women's experience of emotional eating / Robyn Zimberg -- Grieving the lost dreams of thinness / Andria Siegler -- Countertransference experiences / Niva Piran and Karin Jasper -- Feminist contracting: power and empowerment in therapy / Catrina Brown -- Out from under body-image disparagement / Karin Jasper -- Women embodied and emboldened: dealing with sexual violence / Patti McGillicuddy and Sasha Maze -- Making connections: family alcoholism and the development of eating problems / Connie Coniglio -- The politics of recovery / Ellen Driscoll -- Metaphors for healing self-harm behaviours / Maxene Adler -- Decoding the "language of fat": placing the eating-disorder groups in a feminist framework / Sandy Friedman -- Feminist family therapy / Jan Lackstrom -- Working with eating-disorder clients in institutions / Niva Piran -- Gaps between feminist understandings of eating disorders and personal experience / Éva A. Székely and Patricia DeFazio -- Changing the context / Karin Jasper -- Beyond dieting / Donna Ciliska -- Fitness for large women / Suzanne Bell -- "Getting beyond weight": women's health clinic weight preoccupation program / Catrina Brown and Robyn Zimberg -- The National Eating Disorder Information Centre: a profile / Merryl Bear and Alisa Gayle --Hersize: a weight-prejudice action group / Karin Jasper.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-454).


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