Fat Studies In The UK Author Takes On Susie Orbach

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"It's basically a diet book that pretends not to be a diet book." — Corinna Tomrley, on Fat Is A Feminist Issue [Obesity Timebomb, via The F-Word]

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I haven't read the first book, but I have read Unbearable Weight...and I really can't see how it's a diet book pretending not to be. Its a breakdown of the body rhetoric we're faced with on a daily basis, from difference perspectives, covering everything from ED's to race, to the "real women have curves" idea.

If anything Orbach is a proponent of body acceptance in any and all forms. And what she tries to get at is that we're being sold "health" but what we're really being taught is self-hatred and obsessive body, weight, and food issues.