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It's Not about Food
For the millions of people who suffer from eating disorders, finally a book that will help them to heal from overeating, undereating, or obsessing about food and weight.In this compassionate and practical book, authors Normandi and Roark not only address the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds that lie at the core of eating disorders, but they outline the useful and ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Perigee Trade
(first published May 18th 1998)
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Jan 23, 2013 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
The book has some great quotes in it and has quite a number of patient stories about their struggle with food and eating disorders which I found a valuable learning experience. The book was quite American in places and I struggled with some of the thoughts and approaches. I read upto the end of Chapter 5 and then stopped as it started to talk about "Reclaiming the Spiritual Self". I then just dipped in and out of the remaining chapters. This is a self-help book and I think it would be helpful fo ...more
First, I like this way this book is written: reflexive knowledge on the part of the authors as to their own subjectivity combined with quotations from feminist thinkers and new-agey spirt talk. This book gave me a glimpse into the darkness of the relationships some people have with food, and it also offers up affirmations and coping advice for readers who can relate.
Jul 26, 2008 Lynzee Buck rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any woman who has ever struggled with body image/self-esteem.
A well written book to help women see themselves as more than their weight. A very nurturing and caring voice to the reader. I liked it because while the book is directed to those with eating disorders, the concepts can be applied to other struggles one might be having in life.
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“Women’s evolution at this time is demanding that we go beneath the obsession about counting calories and losing weight, and reclaim our sacredness as women, our right to our own voices and our ability to make our own choices. Until we can do this with the most fundamental issue of food and body, we will be forever stuck in an obsession that keeps us from our true selves.”More quotes…