Fat Is a Feminist Issue [Susie Orbach] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In one volume together with its bestselling sequel When it was first. Published 40 years ago, psychotherapist Susie Orbach’s Fat Is a Feminist Issue remains a cult classic for its penetrating insights into the cultural obsession. Susie Orbach (born 6 November ) is a British psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic. Her first book, Fat is a Feminist Issue, analysed the.

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Stabilizing at a normal weight or losing weightfeminisg Orbach is not about the right diet or the right habit, but a psychicological reorganization in her case facilitated by group theropy.

You are fat because of your relationship with your mother. Why fat is still a feminist issue”.

Newsletter Sign-up Your weekly dose of Post Magazine direct to your inbox. This is a book I have heard mentioned every now and then for many years and I have always wanted to know what the book was about. Particularly in the first book I found myself thinking there was plenty of encouragement to set up self-help groups, but little guidance.

While, yes, there were rare moments of insight, I’m not looking for a self help book that will make me overcome bad eating habits to ultimately achieve “the dream” – losing and maintaining a lower weight. It was and the moment of fervour among youth.

Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach

The tribes of youth I went to my little local school, the kind where if you were very able you helped the other kids or went up two classes. She proposes a vastly more complex thesis: Retrieved orabch November Australian classical pianist on finding God and rare pianos 7 Dec Do not read this book. Hoe much shit she has to endure to just live and enjoy her life.

Her first book, Fat is a Feminist Issueanalysed the psychology of dieting and over-eating dat women, and she has campaigned against media pressure on girls to feel dissatisfied with their physical appearance.

This was written in the 70s, updated in the 80s and is still so relevant today. That made me angry because I was trying to reject the idea of thinness as a goal.


This is not the case for many women. There is the cosmetic industry, the cosmetic surgery industry, the doll market, the role of internet beauty bloggers who have followers in their millions and of course the horror for youngsters of living online and being continually scrutinised. I also disagree with the assumption from the author that all women start out thin and then became fat. It is a response to our social situation; the way we are seen by others and ourselves.

Self-acceptance is eventually addressed as a key part of making the programme work, but only after frequent reinforcement about people who lost ‘the’ damn weight. It is an often desperate search for approval, for safety, for body acceptance — a frequently elusive quest. We are talking of large industries and excessive hours spent in persuading us to labour over transforming while attempting to live from our bodies.

Psychotherapist Susie Orbach says 40 years later, fat is still a feminist issue In town for the Hong Kong Literary Festival, the British psychoanalyst, writer and activist talks about riding the wave of feminism in the s and why she is furious that little has changed since she published her first book in Now obviously the book is about fat and about why we might make ourselves fat, but for some people overeating is only part of why they are the way they are, and they might be healthier, happier and more confident without losing a pound.

Jul 26, Yuliya Yurchuk rated it really liked it. I was just disappointed that there was no story of a fat woman Hong Kong’s second world war history.

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The public loved it. So many of the examples given were great, and very positive, but in real life it just seems so unlikely that a random group can keep everyone on the journey and always been practical and supportive. While I gave this book four stars I say that with rather significant hesitation: The other problem I had was the feeling that it was about ‘losing the weight’.

Several of us formed a group to study this book, and it was one of the most supportive and educational endeavors I have ever experienced. It was there that I made friends with whom I am still very close; it was where we formed our opinions. This book was one of the first to talk about women’s relationship with fat. It’s a basic manual on how to start a help group. He was always travelling and giving iss and speeches ofbach busy with social justice.


Because it doesn’t tell you to diet, see!

Retrieved 17 October I was almost 18 stone and a UK size 20 US We need more rage, more refusal and more love. Orbach argues that while fat women may think that they orbsch desperate to lose weight, they subconsciously harbour the “desire to get fat”.

Sin embargo, su enfoque es exclusivamente sobre las comedoras compulsivas.

I love clothes but how have we been persuaded to buy that much? My most recent book, In Therapywas something that really absorbed me and I enjoyed because I was doing something in a different form — it was a companion piece to a Radio 4 series of the same name.

A quick reminder … Fat is a Feminist Issue

She gently unpicks the “very, very painful activity” that is compulsive eating. She postulates that women get fat because it means they will be taken more “seriously in their working lives outside the home”. Today I live close to where I grew up, but Britain and England has changed so dramatically it feels like another country. This book still held some revelations despite the fact that it was written before I was born. In psychoanalytic terms, Orbach’s central claim in this book is that obesity and dieting and comp As a practical manual, Orbach’s text is dated it’s subtitle in many editions was — ‘a self-help guide for compulsive eaters.

I don’t agree with the theory that we are fat because of our mothers – either we’re fat because we need them, we’re fat because we no longer need them, or we’re fat to spite them. I didn’t expect to relate so much to the different reasons that I could be choosing to stay overweight, but after reading this book I now have no doubt that at least part of my inability to maintain a healthier weight is not physical.

The psychoanalytic interpretation of fat is appealing because it is intuitive but I believe that this interpretation lacks an empirical basis. Or am I wrong? Refresh and try again.

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