Body of Truth

How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It

Author: Harriet Brown

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0738217700

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. In our culture, "fat" has become a four-letter word. Or, as Lance Armstrong said to the wife of a former teammate, "I called you crazy. I called you a bitch. But I never called you fat." How did we get to this place where the worst insult you can hurl at someone is "fat"? Where women and girls (and increasingly men and boys) will diet, purge, overeat, undereat, and berate themselves and others, all in the name of being thin? As a science journalist, Harriet Brown has explored this collective longing and fixation from an objective perspective; as a mother, wife, and woman with "weight issues," she has struggled to understand it on a personal level. Now, in Body of Truth, Brown systematically unpacks what's been offered as "truth" about weight and health. Starting with the four biggest lies, Brown shows how research has been manipulated; how the medical profession is complicit in keeping us in the dark; how big pharma and big, empty promises equal big, big dollars; how much of what we know (or think we know) about health and weight is wrong. And how all of those affect all of us every day, whether we know it or not. The quest for health and wellness has never been more urgent, yet most of us continue to buy into fad diets and unattainable body ideals, unaware of the damage we're doing to ourselves. Through interviews, research, and her own experience, Brown not only gives us the real story on weight, health, and beauty, but also offers concrete suggestions for how each of us can sort through the lies and misconceptions and make peace with and for ourselves.
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Clinical Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders

Author: Leslie K. Anderson,Stuart B. Murray,Walter H. Kaye

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190671777

Category: Psychology

Page: 448

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Treating patients with eating disorders (ED) is a notoriously challenging undertaking. Patients tend to be medically compromised and have a deep ambivalence towards their symptoms, and treatment dropout and relapse rates are high. Further complicating matters, a sizable number of patients present with additional characteristics that set them apart from the patients for whom empirically supported treatments were developed. Up to 50% of current ED diagnoses are classified as atypical and do not fit into existing diagnostic categories, and many more present with complex comorbidities. Clinical Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders brings together into one comprehensive resource what is known about an array of complicating factors for patients with ED, serving as an accessible introduction to each of the comorbidities and symptom presentations highlighted in the volume. The first section of the book focuses on the treatment of ED in the presence of various comorbidities, and the second section explores the treatment of ED with atypical symptom presentations. The third section focuses on how to adapt ED treatments for diverse populations typically neglected in controlled treatment trials: LGBT, pediatric, male, ethnically diverse, and older adult populations. Each chapter includes a review of clinical presentation, prevalence, treatment approaches, resources, conclusions, and future directions. Cutting edge and practical, Clinical Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders will appeal to researchers and health professionals involved in treating ED.
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Supersizing Urban America

How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help

Author: Chin Jou

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226921948

Category: History

Page: 256

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More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are over 112,000 obesity-related deaths annually, and for many years, the government has waged a very public war on the problem. Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona warned in 2006 that “obesity is the terror within,” going so far as to call it a threat that will “dwarf 9/11.” What doesn’t get mentioned in all this? The fact that the federal government helped create the obesity crisis in the first place—especially where it is strikingly acute, among urban African-American communities. Supersizing Urban America reveals the little-known story of how the U.S. government got into the business of encouraging fast food in inner cities, with unforeseen consequences we are only beginning to understand. Chin Jou begins her story in the late 1960s, when predominantly African-American neighborhoods went from having no fast food chain restaurants to being littered with them. She uncovers the federal policies that have helped to subsidize that expansion, including loan guarantees to fast food franchisees, programs intended to promote minority entrepreneurship, and urban revitalization initiatives. During this time, fast food companies also began to relentlessly market to urban African-American consumers. An unintended consequence of these developments was that low-income minority communities were disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic. ​In the first book about the U.S. government’s problematic role in promoting fast food in inner-city America, Jou tells a riveting story of the food industry, obesity, and race relations in America that is essential to understanding health and obesity in contemporary urban America.
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Obesity Medicine: Management of Obesity in Women's Health Care

Author: Robert K. Silverman

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071843523

Category: Medical

Page: 512

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The first text to comprehensively address both the gynecologic and obstetrical care of the obese patient Obesity for the ObGyn is the first reference that provides clinicians with the tools needed to manage care and minimize risk complications for their obese patients. Clinically focused and evidence based, this groundbreaking text devotes equal amount of coverage to obstetric and gynecologic care. The book concludes with a valuable section devoted to related conditions (sleep apnea, heart disease, osteoarthritis, etc.) that would further impact patient care. Both the obstetric and gynecologic sections include care checklists, management algorithms, key points, and other tools for a more practical reference. · This is the first major text to address this continually growing epidemic · Convenient templated chapter presentation
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Curvy Girl Sex

101 Body-Positive Positions to Empower Your Sex Life

Author: Elle Chase

Publisher: Fair Winds Press (MA)

ISBN: 1592337406

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

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Your guide to embracing your sexy self and having brilliant, bountiful, bodacious sex! Who says you have to be a size 6 to have the best sex of your life? Curvy Girl Sex is here to show you that regardless of size, shape, or flexibility you CAN get creative and have satisfying, sultry, sensual sex! Sex educator Elle Chase covers sex positions from basic to advanced, specific challenges faced as plus-sized lovers, and precise tips, tricks and techniques that cater to your big, beautiful body. You'll learn about sex toys on the market that are best for a woman of size, the one item in everyone's home that's just waiting to be used to make sex better, tried and tested methods, positions, and "sex hacks".
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Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)
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