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Good Girls Don't Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls and How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It Paperback – October 1, 2010
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While pregnant with my first son, I gained 50 pounds. I ate and ate and ate, having no idea the weight wouldn't magically come off after I had my son. Now, I'm not a petite person at all. I'm 5'8" and I've always been a size medium. There was no reason for me to gain 50 pounds. So when my son was 8 months old and I was struggling to lose the last 10 pounds, I started something I never thought I would do. After overeating, I would make myself purge (throw up).
Just typing that brings me to tears. Feeling completely out of control of your own body is an awful place to be.
The thing is, I looked great. I had a bit of a baby belly, but good grief, I had just given birth 8 months before! I was just too self-conscious that I freaked out. I needed to see that pre-baby weight number on the scale.
Fast forward a few years and I have yet to see that number on the scale. I still struggle with overeating and, every once in awhile, purging. I'm ashamed of this, and I'm working on getting past it. I'm trying to see myself as a beautiful woman, no matter what size I am. I know we're not all made the same, and I will never be a size 2, nor do I want to be. I want to find the beauty in ME, not base my beauty on a number or a size.
Why is there so much pressure for girls to look a certain way in our society today?Read more ›
The book provides excellent information of how aspects of a young girl's life can send her the message of to be thin is to be happy, healthy, loved. The author takes the discussion from the "inside out" starting with what a girl thinks about her weight in her own head and continuing to cover how the various relationships in her life can exacerbate the issues. Including how powerful words can be in these various relationships (mother, father, step-parents if applicable, other family members, teachers and other adults).
Dr. Silverman uses a lot of tools, tips and worksheets throughout the book and are an excellent supplement to the information. Readers get examples of weight issues that may arise with girls and can read "Say What" boxes to give guidance on "what not to say" and "what to say" -- (dads take note of that please). "Overheard" boxes appear throughout the chapters as well which share stories and quotes from girls she interviewed.Read more ›
I was pleased to receive this book from NetGalley for review; I'm a strong believer in HAES (Health At Every Size), and this book is exactly the sort of valuable study that can benefit parents hoping to raise happy, healthy daughters who are not constantly encumbered by the "skinny or else!" messages that bombard them constantly.
Broken into nine chapters, "Good Girls Don't Get Fat" explores the potentially near-constant sources of criticism and denigration that can occur in childhood and can extend detrimentally into a lifetime of eating disorders, self-abuse, and poor self-esteem. Chapter 1 covers self-criticism and the importance of banishing negative internal thoughts and the constant visceral awareness of weight at all times. Chapter 2 covers the impact that mothers have on their daughters, and carefully explains the difference between teaching your child to value good health and just popping off with criticism thoughtlessly (for instance, spontaneously popping off with "Are you going to eat all that?", teaches less good eating habits and more that eating in public will invite judgment and criticism from others). Chapter 3 explores the sometimes-hidden effect of fathers on their daughters: how to be active in raising healthy, happy women, and how not to inadvertently encourage your daughter to remain a child. Chapter 4 covers the impact of the family at large, and how brothers and sisters play an important role in either creating or preventing unhealthy attitudes towards eating.Read more ›
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This book is great! Wish I would have found it years ago to have my whole family read it. Greatful that what's in the book was already my way of thinking.Published 15 months ago by Rachel Bartels
If you look in the mirror and hear negative voices, this book is for you. If you look at your kids and all you notice is their physical state, this book is for you. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Jim Cooper
It's fairly clear (and well-advertised by the media) that American women have a "weight problem". The author has a set of "good girl weight rules" that resonate. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by kdea473
Every single person dealing with girls should read this book! Buy buy buy buy buy buy buy buy buy buy.Published on January 6, 2013 by Claudia Yokum
I'm so frustrated with this book!
I LOVED the first 2/3 or so of this book - the author is extremely knowledgeable about her topic, she has a wealth of experience to... Read more
As others have given very thorough overviews of the books content I won't go over that again here. I am not a parent, but I am someone with first hand experience with eating, self... Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by C. Smith
Here's something I've been teaching for years: There is an inner world in which we live that may or may not have anything to do with the outside world. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Scot Conway
This book is basically about the pervasive attitudes influencing young girls that their weight is more important than any other attribute. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Nanciejeanne
In pursuit of advice I read Good Girls don't Get Fat by Dr. Robyn Silverman. I have followed her a while on Twitter and Facebook and really like what I learn from her. Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by Amanda W. Mcclelland