The Ministry of Thin
How the Pursuit of Perfection Got Out of Control
- Imprint: Summersdale
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320
- Price: £8.99
- Publication date: 14 May 2013
- ISBN: 9781849534123
About the book
Losing weight has become the modern woman’s holy grail… everything will be better when we’re thin.
We’re obsessed with weight, we dislike our bodies, we worry about the food we eat, we feel guilty, we diet… Too many of us are locked into a war with our own bodies which we’ll never win, and which will never make us happy.
The Ministry of Thin takes a controversial, unflinching look at how the modern obsession with weight loss, youth, beauty and perfection got out of control. Emma Woolf, author of An Apple a Day, explores how we might all be able to stop hating and start liking our own bodies again. And she dares to ask: if losing weight is the answer, what is the question?
'A brilliant and brutal look at the world of thin, by a writer who knows too well the damaging effects of such a persuasive club. Think you are immune to their rhetoric? Then think again.'
Dr Christian Jessen
'Thoughtfully written and incisive, Emma Woolf looks at the darker side of our obsession with dieting...'
'She talks much sense having been through 10 years of anorexia.'
'Woolf sets her stall out with brio… a hypnotist's finger-click signalling women to wake up.'
'this book might make you a little more conscious when dealing with patients who may be battling with body image problems, or an eating disorder.'
Student BMJ (British Medical Journal)
'A very honest, intelligent reflection on the causes and effects of society's obsession with thin.'
Dr Linda Papadopoulos
'The Ministry of Thin is frank, funny, and fascinating - I wanted to shout "hear, hear" at the end of almost every sentence.'
Anne H. Putnam, author of Navel Gazing: One Woman's Quest for a Size Normal