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Fat is a feminist issue: The anti-diet guide to permanent weight loss Hardcover – January 1, 1978


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Paddington Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448227851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448227856
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,896,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Virtually all feminist debate on body image and beauty imagery owes its existence to Susie Orbach's enduring formulation" -- Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The Beauty Myth "Susie Orbach's pioneering work isn't just the first to expose the links between sexual politics and female dieting; it remains the classic work on the subject ... it is more essential than ever that Fat is a Feminist Issue be read by every woman" -- Susan Faludi, bestselling author of Backlash "[Orbach's] pungent psychoanalytic insights and plain good sense ensure that this is still the sharpest, and best bible for the food junkie" The Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, writer and co-founder of The Women's Therapy Centre in London and The Women's Therapy Centre in New York. Her books include Hunger Strike, What's Really Going on Here?, Towards Emotional Literacy, Susie Orbach On Eating and The Impossibility of Sex. She lectures widely in the UK, Europe and North America, has written for several magazines and newspapers, and has provided consultation advice for organisations from the NHS to the World Bank. She continues to help many individuals and couples from her practice in London. She is also a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Stoddard on December 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book introduced me to the idea that compulsive eaters like myself have something invested in being overweight, which helped me understand my own lose-weight-gain weight cycles. The ideas in this book plus a 6-month program with a health counselor got me off the dieting cycle I've been on for the past 25 years. Going from fat to thinner -- changing my body shape dramatically -- brings up a lot of fear and anger with me, and this book has helped me acknowledge that. Outside help has been great, too. Though the title seems radical, its not a feminist rally cry. I think its really helpful for people struggling with their body size.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kelle Sparta on September 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I haven't been a big fan of the concept of feminism in the past and I had to be talked into buying this book by a friend, but I have to say it has done wonders for me, my attitude and my understanding of my relationship with food, fat and my family. UNlike other self-help books, this one is not designed to take you step-by-step through the process, but was, instead, designed to help people create their own support groups to discuss issues associated with weight and compulsive eating.

I have never considered myself a compulsive eater, so this is not something I would have gone to a group for or read about. But the book holds many insights around weight, attention, nurturance, the ability to care for oneself, a woman's relationship with her mother and more that hit home with me. I finished the book a few days ago and I've already dropped four pounds. I'm not dieting, but I have been addressing the issues that the book triggered for me. I expect that the weight will continue to come off naturally as a result of this work being completed. It's great to have had this resource.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2002
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I first read a similar book by Evelyn Tribole called "Intuitive Eating". Both of these books approach weight loss the same way - figure out why you are eating, and then work at it from a psychological approach, rather than going on a specific diet.

What I like about Evelyn's book is that it is for the individual to do by herself, whereas Susan's book is more for a group therapy approach. She also has some other interesting reasons about why I might be overweight, which made for very interesting reading.
However, between the two books, I preferred Evelyn's because it gave more specific information to work with and let me do it by myself, rather than a full support group (as a stay-at-home mom with a 3-year-old, very important).
I did appreciate both books though, because they emphasized the same thing - the overeating is not because of lack of willpower, but because of psychological reasons - and that makes lots of sense to me.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on November 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book in 1978. And I'm so happy to have read this a few times more.
One of the most valuable questions that Susie Orbach asks is, "How will I be who I wish to be, if I look as I am supposed to look?" I suggest that when you ask this question, do so with the intention of envisioning an answer that works well for you, regardless of what you have seen, "out there." This is a question allows women to take ownership of their mind, body and soul.
Each year, I interview high school students, regarding their eating and body image beliefs. And I have seen a growing problem. By this time in their lives, both women and men now, get so caught up in an imaged protrayed by all forms of the media, that we can lose sight of who we are really meant to be.
The reasons for the problem have a long history with women, and a different reason for women than men. As men are complimented more on how they look, not as a means to flirt with them, but as a measurement of having what it takes, they are being pushed into some of the body image issues that women have a long history with.
This is also an excellent question to ask myself, in times when normally I might doubt my eating choices, my beauty, my being enough, or how my ability to be open to others, and still have boundaries in place.
I am eternally grateful for this book. Three excellent follow up books to this book, are, "My Mother Myself," by Nancy Friday," "Fat and Furious," by Judi Hollis, then "Overcoming Overeating," by Carol Munter and Jane Hirschmann.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book in 1978. Twenty-three years later, I am so happy to have just read this again. One of the most valuable questions that Susie Orbach asks is, "How will I be who I wish to be if I look as I am supposed to look?" This is a question allows women to take ownership for their mind, body and soul. It's an excellent question to ask myself, in times when normally I might doubt my eating choices, my beauty, my being enough, or who my ability to be open to others, and still have boundaries in place.
I am eternally grateful for this book. Two excellent follow ups to this book, are, "Fat and Furious," by Judi Hollis, then "Overcoming Overeating," by Carol Munter and Jane Hirschmann.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the newest edition of the two most famous books from the Women's Therapy Centre, the one that got us all started back in the early 80's. At that time, this kind of thinking was revolutionary. The book inspired such well known authors as Geneen Roth, Mary Pipher, Jane Hirschmann, Carol Munter and many others. The very notion that dieting doesn't work and that society's expectations of women's bodies was what needed to be challenged was first introduced here. Susie Orbach gets right to the heart of eating problems with these now standard guided fantasies and techniques to tune into physical hunger rather than using dieting to try to ignore it. The concepts are as timely now as they ever were, after almost 20 years of being put to the test by women and therapists all over the world.
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