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When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies: Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession Paperback – December 30, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (December 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044991058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449910580
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will empower all women to stop believing that our bodies are the problems, dieting the solution."

--Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

Author of The Dance of Anger



In this revolutionary new book, bestselling authors Carol Munter and Jane Hirschmann explore the myriad reasons why women cling to diets despite overwhelming evidence that diets don't work. In fact, diets turn us into compulsive eaters who are obsessed with food and weight.



Munter and Hirschmann call this syndrome "Bad Body Fever" and demonstrate how "bad body thoughts" are clues to our emotional lives. They explore the difficulties women encounter replacing dieting with demand feeding. And finally, they teach us how to think about our problems rather than eat about them--so that food can resume its proper place in our lives.



"Many women will find in these pages exactly what they need: determined, optimistic, and resourceful coaches, pausing at the right moments to acknowledge the difficulty of change, then passionately urging them to press on."

--Susan C. Wooley, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Codirector, Eating Disorders Center

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

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Customer Reviews

From this book we learn to reclaim our power and a love of ourselves.
Lauren Gratta
If you feel inferior, hold back from living your life to the fullest because of your body size...then you need to read this book.
C. PARISE
I eat what I want when I want now and I love my beautiful (now middle aged) less than thin body.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By I am on August 21, 2004
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I'd like to address the review below me by "Gym Goddess" before I get started. The plan they encourage about carrying around a food bag is part of their plan to overcome binge/compulsive eating, which is an eating disorder. It might not make sense to you, because it may not seem "healthy" or "listening to your body", but this just proves that attitudes like that are the result of buying into society's disordered eating and diet obsessed culture. In fact, the plan is the most compassionate, truthful, rational way to overcome eating disorders, which are NEVER about food.

Let me give some background of where I am because I think this places the book in the proper scope of understanding. I am recovered from Binge eating disorder, which I have had for about 20 years. I see a therapist about once a month for a good venting session as well as perspective and I'm also on an antidepressant. EDs are never about food. Eds are the result of pushing down your problems by stuffing yourself with food (or not eating it, in the case of Anorexia). This way, you can superficially stay in "food mode".. you can blame the food, you can go on a diet, you can obsess about scales, points, calories, carbs and "being healthy" INSTEAD of dealing with the problems that you have no coping skills to deal with.

"Overcoming Overeating" and "When Women Stop hating their Bodies" are companion books that help set the stage that American society and their obsessions with diets are not only detrimental to women, through pushing women to diet to conform to society's definition of beautiful (for now, a man body with huge breast implants), American society pushes women into eating disorders.

Bad body thoughts are a companion to food obsession that help you avoid your problems.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2000
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Recently I ran into an acquaintance. When I asked how she was doing, she immediately began complaining about her body, her thighs, how fat she felt. I looked at her. She was probably around 5'6" and weighed about 120 dripping wet. She looked terrific, but felt miserable. So many of us bodybash. This book will help you free yourself from bodybashing. You can learn that no matter what your weight or how you look you can feel wonderful. Why focus on your negatives when you have so many positives. This book can empower you to go beyond obsession with food and weight and negative thinking to a place where you can appreciate and love yourself regardless of size. And many folks will find these tools help them become their natural size. This is an excellent book as is "Overcoming Overeating" by Hirschmann and Munter.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Tom on May 9, 2000
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I am a recovering anorexic and reading this book has been the biggest help on my road to recovery. Not only that but I recommend this book to any woman who has ever dieted or has ever felt unhappy with her body. this book is empowering spiritually, mentally and physically. I read this book like I read the Bible and I want every woman out there to realize that fat is not bad, food is not the enemy and that there is nothing wrong with the way you are at this very moment. If you ever do anything for yourself and your mental state of mind, read this book, you will feel so much better after the first day !
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Joseph (jjoseph2@student.cspp.edu) on October 31, 1999
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This book will change your way of thinking about yourself and about your role in society. It explains in detail the way women associate many of their problems with food. It encourages you to change and to love yourself unconditionally, and to learn to be a gentle caretaker to yourself. It really is a rewarding experience to read and live by the philosophies explained. Living without unhealthy body obsessions, but instead with love, will lead you to a much happier existence. I encourage you to read this, even if you don't think you have an eating problem. The book really applies to all women. Learn to love yourself, and stop hating your body! I highly reccommend this, obviously...:)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1997
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This book was recommended to me by my dearest friend. Like many women, we've both spent years dieting like crazy and/or exercising obsessively -- and then giving it all up, eating obsessively, hating ourselves, hating our bodies...you know the cycle. If this sounds familiar, maybe you're ready to try a completely different approach. Yes? Then read this book. It's about creating a world in which your body size *does not matter* -- only your happiness, peacefulness, and well being are important. That society is not the society we live in, but it *was* the one our foremothers belonged to, and if enough of us are willing to change our attitudes, maybe someday it will be the one our daughters or granddaughters inhabit. If we want to create that world, we have to make some big changes. Learning to let go of your obsessions, focusing on your body's true rhythms and needs, accepting and *liking* what you see in the mirror today, this very minute -- that's hard. It's harder than any diet. But the rewards are far beyond what you get from losing 10 or 15 pounds (only to gain it back again and hate yourself in the long run). The rewards of learning to love yourself just as you are, to nurture yourself as lovingly as you nurture others -- that's beyond measure. It's something that, if you can do it, will be with you forever. No one will be able to take away your self-love, except yourself. Interested? Then please read this book. Join the growing number of women who no longer accept the unrealistic ideal of female perfection that is thrown at us daily. Become an instrument of change -- both for yourself and for the twisted, diet-crazed, unhealthy society we're presently a part of. Think ahead to the peace you can create -- both for others and especially for yourself
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