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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 – September 21, 2010
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About the Author
ROBYN J.A. SILVERMAN, PhD, is a leading expert in body and self-esteem development who appears regularly on national television and radio, including The Tyra Banks Show, Fox & Friends, Nightline and NPR. An award-winning columnist and writer, she lives in New Jersey with her husband and children. Visit her website at www.DrRobynSilverman.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
GGDGF challenges our society's obsession with appearance to look at the impacts on, primarily, teenage girls, both past and present, in the form of eating disorders, low self esteem and as the targets of constant unpardonable marketing. Some of the voices you will hear in this book are heartbreaking, but they are voices that need to be heard
The book is packed with studies, examples and great advice. Just a few things I took away from the book that make me glad I read it:
1) When moms say things,girls remember. Even a poorly worded complement (you look like you lost weight) can effect how a girl feels about weight. We are all going to say things wrong sometimes without meaning to, but I think I need to pay attention to every word I say about weight and health. I need to make sure that I regularly give praise to the girls about how lovely they are to off-balance the stupid things that sometimes come out.
2) Listen to what the girls are saying and answer with what they need. Saying "don't be silly everyone looks different" to a girl when she says "My body looks funny" is not helpful. We need to say. Your body is amazing. Your healthy and active and your body will take you to amazing places!
3)What dad's say and do matter. The cute nick-names of the toddler days like chubby cheeks should be put to rest. Girls are watching and listening to what dad says. So dads should watch what they say just as much as moms. If your daughter hears negative comments about plus-size women she is going to process it and possibly take it to heart if she feels she is plus-size as well.
4. Learn how your girls think and what motivates them. Trash talking does not work as a motivator for most girls.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On one hand, this book speaks out against attitudes about weight issues (like teasing or criticizing, complaining about one's own body, feeling inadequate, etc.) This is good. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Banshee
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 20 months ago by Rachel Bartels
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
If you're a parent, teacher, or a relative of an adolescent girl, you'll likely find this book to be an incredibly valuable resource for breaking out of the weight-obsession maze... Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Deb