Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 October 2006

288 Pages | 26 halftones/line illus.

5-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195178784

Bookseller Code (04)

The Cult of Thinness

Second Edition

Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber

In this powerful book, Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber goes beyond traditional psychological explanations of eating disorders to level a powerful indictment against the social, political, and economic pressures women face in a weight-obsessed society--a society that is, ironically, becoming increasingly more fat while worshipping a progressively more thin ideal. She examines the profit motives of corporate America that promote this paradox. Moreover, a new chapter on preteens, masculinity, ethnicity, gay and lesbian body image, and the globalization of body image issues align a refined cultural study of body image with the trends found in current research studies, demographic data, and popular culture.

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