Never too thin : why women are at war with their bodies / Roberta Pollack Seid.

Millions of American women are perpetual dieters; many are stricken by devastating, sometimes fatal, eating disorders. Though diet and therapy books abound, few authors have tackled the complex sociocultural background that has influenced women and their view of themselves. Social historian and anal...

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Main Author: Seid, Roberta Pollack, 1945-
Format: Book
Published: New York : Prentice Hall Press, [1989]
Edition:First edition.
Table of Contents:
  • New American creed: I watch my weight, eat right, and exercise
  • New American creed re-examined: too close to the bone
  • When thin wasn't in: a selective overview of fashion and beauty, antiquity to 1830
  • Thin and fat: America 1830-1900
  • Thin preference begins: 1900-1947
  • Preference becomes prejudice: the war on fat begins, 1950-1960
  • Prejudice becomes myth: 1960-1970
  • Health/exercise ethic emerges
  • Rise of food fetishism
  • Her body must be thin, firm, and beautiful
  • Obsession becomes religion: the fitness epidemic
  • Why thin is never thin enough
  • Prejudice exposed
  • Look to the future: the golden mean restored?