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THE BODY MYTH: Adult Women and the Pressure to be Perfect

Margo Maine, Ph.D. and Joe Kelly

2004 Hardback 288 pp.,
Print ISBN: 9780471691587
Print list price: $22.95 USD

A groundbreaking look at adult women who struggle with eating disorders and other body issues.

In the relatively short history of eating disorders treatment, the overwhelming majority of patients have been teenage girls and young women. But now, clinical  psychologists like Margo Maine are  treating increasing numbers of women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond suffering  from disordered eating or the preoccupation with achieving a perfect  body. This unique, jargon-free guide helps  women and their loved ones understand eating disorders and the obsession with perfection, the different eating disorder triggers adult women experience, and the various treatments available.


Editorial Reviews

“This book can save your life!  In a bold and honest analysis, Dr. Margo Maine and Joe Kelly offer a beautiful balance of truth and inspiration that invites you to release yourself from the trappings of the body myth and come home to your magnificent self.” 
Jeanine C. Cogan, Ph.D., Policy Director of the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action

“Delve into this no-nonsense call for liberation from the body myth to personal freedom. You will emerge well informed and want to spread the word!”
EMME, supermodel, bestselling author of True Beauty and Life’s Little Emergencies and Chair of the National Eating Disorders Association’s Ambassador’s Council

“Margo Maine and Joe Kelly have written a ‘must read.’  This book says what so many women are feeling but don’t dare say, and offers responsible guidance and help for those who don’t dare ask. The Body Myth puts it all on the table with incredible intelligence, compassion and support.”
Lynn Grefe, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association

“It's high time America recognized that compulsive eating and dieting are not just problems for the young. We have Margo Maine and Joe Kelly to thank for this wise and compassionate guide to liberation from The Body Myth -- at any age.”
Aimee Liu, author of Solitaire

“In this outstanding book, Dr. Margo Maine and Joe Kelly explore an often-overlooked population -- adult women with eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.  The Body Myth exposes the multiple stresses in our current culture that contribute to eating disorders and then describes what women can do to become empowered in the world.”
Pauline S. Powers, M.D., President of the Eating Disorders Association

“This is a very, very important book.  The authors have exposed a neglected group of sufferers. They authoritatively identify the problems and then offer informed solutions.  It is a landmark publication that will be useful to both sufferers and professionals working in the field of eating disorders.”
Craig L. Johnson, Ph.D., founder and Director of the Eating Disorders program at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital

“I recently recommended The Body Myth to one of my clients who is 59 years old.  She has benefitted so much from this book.  Within less than one hour of beginning to  read the book she was in tears.  She was so relieved to read a book on eating disorders/disordered eating that she could genuinely relate to on so many levels. Thank you for all you do in this battle!”

Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED
Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee

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