When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies

Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession

By Jane R. Hirschmann; Carol H. Munter
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780449910580, 384pp.)

Publication Date: December 30, 1996

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"Will empower all women to stop believing that our bodies are the problems, dieting the solution."

--Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

Author of The Dance of Anger



In this revolutionary new book, bestselling authors Carol Munter and Jane Hirschmann explore the myriad reasons why women cling to diets despite overwhelming evidence that diets don't work. In fact, diets turn us into compulsive eaters who are obsessed with food and weight.



Munter and Hirschmann call this syndrome "Bad Body Fever" and demonstrate how "bad body thoughts" are clues to our emotional lives. They explore the difficulties women encounter replacing dieting with demand feeding. And finally, they teach us how to think about our problems rather than eat about them--so that food can resume its proper place in our lives.



"Many women will find in these pages exactly what they need: determined, optimistic, and resourceful coaches, pausing at the right moments to acknowledge the difficulty of change, then passionately urging them to press on."

--Susan C. Wooley, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Codirector, Eating Disorders Center

University of Cincinnati Medical Center




About the Author
JANE R. HIRSCHMANN, C.S.W., is a psychotherapist who for the past 36 years has specialized in the treatment of children and adults with compulsive eating problems. She co-authored OVERCOMING OVEREATING and WHEN WOMEN STOP HATING THEIR BODIES with Carol H. Munter. Formerly, she was on the Faculty of the New School for Social Research. Currently she is Co-director of the National Center for Overcoming Overeating. She has trained professionals concerned with the treatment of eating problems, lectured, toured extensively and appeared on national television and radio discussing her approach to this nation's eating dilemma. She lives in New York City and has raised three daughters with this method. Lela Zaphiropoulos, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice working with individuals, couples, and groups in NYC. She is on the Executive Board and a faculty member of The Women's Therapy Centre Institute and is Co-director of their post graduate training program, "Eating and The Body: A Cultural, Relational Psychoanalytic Framework." She is co-author of EATING PROBLEMS: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model. She is a member of Endangered Bodies NY, a global initiative to challenge the industries that promote body insecurity.

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