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The Religion of Thinness: Satisfying the Spiritual Hungers Behind Women's Obsession with Food and Weight

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With so many women approaching their diets, body image, and pursuit of a slender figure with slavish devotion, "The Religion of Thinness" is a timely addition to the discussion of our cultural obsession with weight loss. At the heart of this obsession is the belief that in order to be happy, one must be slim, and the attendant myths, rituals, images, and moral codes can le ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Gurze Books (first published June 1st 1985)
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Aimee
Nov 22, 2009 Aimee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women new to the topic of eating disorders
THE RELIGION OF THINNESS

One of the thoughts that occurred to me many times when writing Gaining was the cozy relationship that appeared to exist between religion and eating disorders. My research took me into books like Rudolph Bell’s outstanding Holy Anorexia, which chronicles the lives of hundreds of anorexic and bulimic Catholic saints. I was fascinated and deeply moved by the memoir Spiral Staircase by the renowned theologian Karen Armstrong, who wrote about the frequency of anorexia among n
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Rachel
Jul 06, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took me FOREVER to read, which is not because it's a bad book! No, it's quite good- it's just that, for me, it's work... which I try not to do when not at work. ;-)

For someone new to the experience of challenging doctrines of thinness and new to the idea of self-acceptance in the body you're currently in, this is an excellent read. It is, however ,more of a "beginner" read- for those of us who have been on this journey for some time, who have "drank the Kool-Aid" of body and self acceptance
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Sydney Bell
Jun 18, 2012 Sydney Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book that I will now treasure and go back to again and again as a reference - both for support in my own positive body image journey, and in my work with clients who are looking to walk the path of unconditional self -acceptance. Michelle Lelwica's way of looking at of our culture's unhealthy obsession with thinness as an attempt to make some kind of meaningful, sacred connection in a cultural milieu that is lacking in opportunity to make those connections, I found to be comp ...more
Cathy Hartle
I read this for a book club discussion, which I'd recommend. The discussion brought a fullness to our insights from this book about the massive cultural pressures on women in the U.S. to be thin and beautiful. Michelle's case made is that the focus on and efforts toward thinness, whether as part of a full-blown eating disorder or as part of a continuing unhappiness with one's body, deprive us from putting our efforts much bigger things in life relevant to our most closely held values. It's hard ...more
Nicole
Feb 27, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Explains a lot about dieting. I like the author's approach. Even if you are not a spiritual person, you can understand and agree with most of what the author's states. It also gives techniques and strategies to let go of the Religion of Thinness and start feeling whole again. I recommend it to anyone that has suffer an eating disorder of for those who want abandon dieting and feel good with their bodies.
Deborah
Oct 22, 2013 Deborah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I read the beginning of this and I am not going to finish it. I hated it. I started crying. Don't even want to comment further. Don't read it.
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“The need for meaningful symbols, beliefs, stories, and rituals by which to organize our lives and understand our purpose has not disappeared. In fact, we are starving for them.” 0 likes
“Myths are not simply stories we believe in, they are stories we dwell in. We grow up surrounded by them, but we are often unaware of their power.” 0 likes
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