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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gurze Books; 1 edition (April 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936077352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936077352
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andersen (psychiatry, Iowa State Univ.; ed., Males with Eating Disorders), Leigh Cohn (ed., Eating Disorders, the Journal of Treatment and Prevention), and Thomas Holbrook, a medical specialist, also address men's concerns with physical appearance, drawing attention to fat as a men's issue and focusing on obesity and eating disorders. After extended discussions on the developmental, social, and evolutionary factors contributing to appearance ad self-esteem, the authors provide "a proactive proposition for men who want to feel and look better" in "Ten Steps to Healthy Living," with advice on nutrition, exercise, relationships, and social and spiritual concerns. Holbrook relates his own story of recovery from eating disorders and excessive exercise. Courses of treatment are described, and a final chapter offers advice for families and loved ones... [Gives] reading lists and resources on where to seek further help... recommended for public library collections.
Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"A powerful, much-needed exposé of the current state of the male psyche and body image." -- Margo Maine, Ph.D. Author of Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters & Food

"A terrific book about men's concerns with their shape and weight. Highly recommended!" -- John P. Foreyt, Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

"Finally, weight-obsessed men have an exceptional resource that is authoritative, sensitive and practical." -- David M. Garner, Ph.D. Co-editor, Handbook of Treatment for Eating Disorders

"This book is a very accessible, highly practical combination of the authors' personal, professional, and political experiences in helping males." -- Michael Levine, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

"This will be the standard text on males and eating disorders for years to come." -- Craig Johnson, Ph.D. President-elect of Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention

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Customer Reviews

If you have an eating disorder, do not read this book.
This makes no sense considering the rise of many health problems caused by obesity, such as diabetes.
What an excellent, normalizing, humanizing book on men's struggle with weight, shape and appearance.
Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of "Lotus Effect," "Present Perfect," & "Eating the Moment"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "its_laurie" on May 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book offers the lay person a comprehensive guide to weight and body image issues in men and promises to be a valuable resource for men and their families. The authors make compelling arguments for how and why these problems have increased for males over the last decade. The book is directed primarily toward men "who can't stand the way they look in the mirror, and the ones who are so driven for perfection that they neglect the deeper areas of life"(p.xiv). However, it is also intended for family and friends of such men and professionals who may treat them in clinical practice. The tone and style of the book would appeal a bit more to a lay audience than a professional one, and I think would make a good "recommended reading" for a therapist to offer to a client.
Overall, this book makes a very important contribution ... and one that you can recommend to your patients for an informative and insightful examination of men's concerns with weight and shape.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joel Yager on May 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
You'd never suspect from looking at the cover articles of men's fitness magazines at your local newsstands, but until now men had cause to feel neglected by the body dissatisfaction mavens of the academic community. In contrast to the scores of books written about women's issues about their bodies, eating disorders, and related topics, the literature addressed to males has been thin indeed. Men with eating disorders can now feel cared about too.
Dr. Tom Holbrook's account of his own struggle with anorexia nervosa is a highlight of the book. This remarkably candid, self-revelatory story of an astute psychiatrist whose struggles permeated his medical and psychiatric training and subsequent practice is probably matchless in the annals of wounded healers.
The last sections concern recovery, dealing with topics from basic nutritional information designed to foster realistic dietary and meal planning for gaining (or losing) weight, to psychological, social and spiritual aspects of recovery.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "macheide" on July 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Surprise surprise! Men have bodies, too; and what they see in their own glass or mental mirrors has as deep a sociological and psychological influence as for women. Inevitably, then, habitual use of food and exercise to control the personal impulses and cultural responses could never remain a "woman's problem." What will be regretable will be how many male deaths and destroyed lives it will take before that simple point does not have to be the main theme opening a book such as this...and then pretty much the only theme of substance that the authors seem interested in fleshing out throughout the rest of their superficial treatment of the subject. Before this book, material on male eating disorders was quite rare and frequently misguided; after this book, good material on male eating disorders remains just as rare as before. With the deep experience brought to the matter by all three respectable authors, that suggests a depressing prognosis for finding any understanding out there among less knowledgeable therapists and others in a position to support recovery. Sure, the book throws a wide net in the search for causes and recognizes the core of the issue in its suggestions for recovery; but in an attempt to reach a general public audience, they have gone so light-headed that they come off like quack doctors probing any place it might maybe hurt, then handing out snake oil for the remedy. Even with gender identity running so horribly ferociously through the problem for both sexes, men who suffer and the family and support systems helping them would do better at this point to look to any of the excellent books already published for women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JohnR on August 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I recently went for a physical and got lectured by the doctor on being overweight. I am now motivated and trying hard to lose weight. I got this book from the library because I thought it might be helpful and it could be a thoughtful discussion of men and weight issues including weight loss. I was led to believe this by the title, subtitle, and especially by these words on page xiv of the introduction:

"This book is for men who cannot stand the way they look in the mirror, . . . It is for men who are overeaters . . ."

However that's almost the last you hear about overeating or weight loss for the entire rest of the book. The book is devoted to those who are anorexic. I strongly disagree with the review here that claims "This book may be appreciated by those who do NOT have eating disorders and eat poorly, don't exercise, and/or are overweight." It is the opposite of help to anyone is overweight. In fact, it tries to convince the reader that losing weight and keeping it off is impossible, hopeless, and you shouldn't even try, even though this is contrary to many medical studies, scholarship, and much living proof out there. The authors seem to believe that your weight is predetermined genetically and cannot be changed. There is one possibly useful anecdote about an overweight man one of the authors met on a plane, and that's it.

Instead, the book appears to be aimed at anorexic men, trying to convince the reader that they must accept their weight and not try to lose any pounds because it's impossible and unhealthy to do so. Whether this is helpful to anorexic men I wouldn't know, because I am not anorexic.

If you are overweight and need to lose weight for your health, do not read this book.
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