"Body Wars both teaches us the terms for engaging our opponents and that united efforts will win the war." -- Mary S. Pabst, M.S.W. President, Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention
"Here is basic ammunition for all of us caught in the crossfire of Body Wars." -- Rita Freedman, Ph.D. author, BodyLove
"I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about better health for women and men." -- Michael Levine, Ph.D. co-author, Preventing Eating Disorders
From the Inside Flap
Each chapter addresses an issue that contributes to womens discontent with their bodies within a sociocultural perspective. The topics will help you to question the culturally-endorsed assumptions that support Body Wars, such as our misguided and misinformed beliefs about weight, dieting, and obesity. A number of chapters focus on aspects of the beauty industry, including the role of fashion, modeling, beauty pageants, plastic surgery, and media influences via magazines and advertising.
The book also addresses the impact of violence against women, ageism, and a healthcare system historically biased to meet mens needs and not womens. Special influences on children are also examined, such as the pressure to diet, the impact of the Barbie doll, and how schools, sports and activities such as dance can contribute to Body Wars. Finally, a chapter is dedicated to men, who are increasingly the target of industries promoting Body Wars and who are desperately needed as teammates in the fight.
Each chapter concludes with strategies and resources for both personal and political change. I hope you find these both useful and inspiring.
Every day, this issue becomes more urgent. Body Wars are now a global problem. No one is safe, as western media and information technology become integral influences in less developed countries. The damage to the human spirit and potential is growing exponentially. We must fight back.