Hunger Pains: The Modern Woman's Tragic Quest For Thinness

Paperback | January 21, 1997

byMary Pipher

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We live in an appearance-obsessed culture. Fashion ads, magazine covers, TV shows, and movies idealize a body type that is impossible for most real women to achieve. In this comforting, liberating book, Dr. Mary Pipher, bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, offers advice, counsel, and practical solutions for understanding our needs, our fears, and our many hungers. She shows us how we can at last learn to live at peace with the natural differences in our bodies and appetites. 
The rates of anorexia, bulimia, and depression for women are the highest they have ever been, and begin at ever younger ages. Dr. Pipher reveals how society encourages our misery and prevents us from accepting our looks. Indeed, for many women the humiliation of overweight or obesity is a wound that never heals. Dr. Pipher reminds us that accepting our bodies the way they are is the greatest gift we can give ourselves.

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We live in an appearance-obsessed culture. Fashion ads, magazine covers, TV shows, and movies idealize a body type that is impossible for most real women to achieve. In this comforting, liberating book, Dr. Mary Pipher, bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, offers advice, counsel, and practical solutions for understanding our needs, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:138 pages, 8.7 × 6.1 × 0.8 inPublished:January 21, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345413938

ISBN - 13:9780345413932

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book changed my life! I am not able to write a formal review because I wouldn't even know where to begin but I do know that this book has changed my life. I have struggled with eating disorders for 4 years now and fought off everyone who tried to help me as best I could. Then one day while I was in my used bookstore, I picked up this book and purchased it. That was May 5th, 2002 and I am happy to say that I have been actively recovering from my eating disorder ever since. Reading this book helped change my mindset and I was finally able to openly accept the help that was coming my way from friends, family, and my therapist. Sure I have the occasional slip up but I am confident that I won't go back to where I was. I would recommend this book to anyone, eating disordered or not, because it is SO well written and explains a lot. This book changed my life and I am ever thankful for it. Thank you Mary Pipher!
Date published: 2002-07-18