What's Eating Us: Women, Food, and the Epidemic of Body Anxiety
Cole Kazdin (Author)
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St. Martin's Essentials
March 07, 2023
6.38 X 9.5 X 1.03 inches | 0.93 pounds
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About the Author
Cole Kazdin is a writer, performer and four-time Emmy Award winning television journalist. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, The Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, NPR, and more. Cole is a graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Los Angeles
Praise for Cole Kazdin:"As much a personal story as an examination of body anxiety...Kazdin's painful honesty is leavened with humor and irony." --Kirkus (starred review) "Personal and illuminating, subjective yet relatable. Citing medical research alongside real-life testimonies, with a balance of personal candor and well-executed analysis, this book will resonate with anyone who's ever been critical of their reflection in a mirror...With empathy and understanding, Kazdin offers the reader everything they need to better understand this difficult topic." --BookPage "What's Eating Us is a feat of reporting in the hope of helping people repair their relationship with their bodies and food." --Shondaland "This book is both a memoir and a study of how disordered eating has become both normalized and encouraged in American culture...Her insightful discussions with researchers emphasize areas of eating disorders that are typically ignored, encouraging readers to think about aspects of diet culture they may not have considered...will appeal to readers who enjoy memoirs and general nonfiction, but Kazdin's conversational tone and writing style make this book accessible to all readers." --Library Journal "A must read. Kazdin recounts her own struggle, and surrounds it with robust research and stories on the incredible prevalence and toll of body dissatisfaction, preoccupation with food, and eating disorders. She beautifully and tragically encapsulates how almost all of us are negatively affected by the toxic diet culture that we live in, how that makes full recovery so elusive to most, and how we can start to fight back." --Kristina Saffran, co-founder and CEO of Equip Health and co-founder of Project HEAL "What's Eating Us takes seriously the lethality of eating disorders, a fact that is distressingly absent from most of the discourse on the subject. With disarming honesty and sparkling wit, Kazdin shares her own history with disordered eating, setting it alongside the experience of women she interviewed across the country. What the stories collectively demonstrate is that while the billion dollar diet industry will never have our backs, there is hope in new treatments and in stories like Kazdin's. What's Eating Us is a vital contribution to the literature on disordered eating, and a must-read for anyone hungry for real data and hard-boiled hope on the subject of eating, diets, and wellness."
--Christie Tate, New York Times bestselling author of Group "You think you know everything about dieting and food disorders and then this book comes along! The picture Kazdin paints is shocking. If you think this does not apply to you, you should know that ninety percent of women in America are dissatisfied with their bodies. In fact, this dissatisfaction is so prevalent scientists have called it "normative discontent". So, there is a ninety percent chance the information in this book applies to you. You will find that diets don't work--they are designed to fail and then the companies have repeat customers. Kazdin explores why huge amounts of government and private money goes into the "obesity epidemic", but hardly any goes into eating disorders. This is a lively and informative book."
--Catherine Gildiner, author of Good Morning Monster "Kazdin courageously practices radical honesty in sharing her experience with an eating disorder. Honesty does to eating disorders what water did to the Wicked Witch of the West--it melts them. Otherwise they terrorize you and hold you hostage. Eating disorders are messy. Fessing up to that mess is the first step in putting the pieces back together."
--Cynthia Bulik, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders, University of North Carolina