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About Judith Matz
Her books include: The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care (2006); Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating (2nd edition, 2014); and Amanda's Big Dream (2015), a children's book that helps kids to pursue their dreams--at any size! She is co-author of The Body Positivity Card Deck (2020), a resource to help people move from body shame to body positivity.
Judith has a private practice in Skokie, IL, where she works with clients with Binge Eating Disorder and those who want to break the yo-yo dieting cycle and learn to feel at home in their bodies.
Learn more www.judithmatz.com
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The best non-diet book for those looking to embrace a positive and satisfying relationship with food.
If you're looking for diets that work, STOP RIGHT THERE. Dieting is hazardous to your health. Diets don't work and they won't work, and yo-yo dieting will make you fatter.
You can step off the destructive diet bandwagon and reclaim your self-esteem, positive body image and a happy, healthy life. These 60 inspiring lessons will give you the tools you need to change your relationship with food, your body and yourself.
This book can show you how to:
- Never diet again and allow your weight to stabilize
- Stop feeling guilty about eating the foods you love
- Free up all that mental energy to be more productive and have more fun in life
- Get in touch with physical hunger and learn to love your body
- Stop stress eating, compulsive eating and emotional eating and instead practice mindful eating
Give up the vicious cycle and stop overeating.
Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel are therapists specializing in eating problems and weight issues. Each holds a Master's degree in Social Work and has over 20 years of clinical experience in the field of eating disorders. They are the authors of Beyond a Shadow of a Diet.
In addition to addressing the symptoms, dynamics and treatment of eating problems, Beyond a Shadow of a Diet presents a holistic framework that goes well beyond the clinical setting. This invaluable resource includes topics such as the clinician’s own attitudes toward dieting and weight; cultural, ethical and social justice issues; the neuroscience of mindfulness; weight stigma; and promoting wellness for children of all sizes. Drawing from the Health At Every Size paradigm–and the wealth of research examining the relationship between dieting, weight and health–Beyond a Shadow of a Diet offers both therapists and their clients a positive, evidence-based model to making peace with food, their bodies and themselves.
When Amanda’s skating coach makes a comment about her weight, she loses confidence in her ability to make her dream come true. Despite reassurances from her parents, her doctor, and her best friend,
Amanda decides to quit skating. Will Amanda return to the ice? Or has she given up forever?
Come along with Amanda as she realizes the true secret to following her big dream!
A healthy body image is essential for kids to feel confident and strong!
Parents want their children to have a healthy body image, but may be unsure how to respond to their kids’ anxiety about weight. Amanda’s Big Dream helps parents, teachers and other caregivers discuss this topic with children in an entertaining and positive way. You won’t want to miss this new resource!
Written by Judith Matz, LCSW, an expert on the topics of eating and body image.
Judith is co-author of Beyond a Shadow of a Diet (Routledge, 2014) and The Diet Survivor’s Handbook (Sourcebooks, 2006)
Her work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Self, Shape, Today’s Dietitian, Diabetes Self-Management, Psychotherapy Networker, NBC News Chicago with Nesita Kwan, Huffington Post Live, as well as the documentary America The Beautiful 2.