December 2, 2010

Review - Good Girls Don't Get Fat: How Weight Obsession is Screwing Up Our Girls and What We Can Do to Help Them Thrive Despite It by Robyn Silverman


Goodreads description: "Based on Dr. Robyn Silverman's groundbreaking research at Tufts University, and filled with searingly honest young voices, Good Girls Don't Get Fat:

– Decodes the ripple effects of actions that damage our girls--and provides tools to help stop them.

– Shines light on the positive influence of women who embrace body types of any size--and explains how to model the right behavior.

– Shows how girls, whatever their size, can own their strengths, trust their power and accomplish amazing things." 

As someone who struggled with disordered eating in my teen years, I was really interested in reading this book. I think the author did a wonderful job of describing the impact that parents, friends, and others can have on a girl's body image. The chapter on a girl's inner body bully sheds light onto what goes on inside the head of a weight-obsessed young girl. Several interviews with different girls also give insight into their feelings about themselves and their weight. 

I recommended this book to anyone who is a parent of a young girl or who works with children and teens. It offers a chance to examine your daughter's "Body Image Quotient," which is how well equipped she is to thrive in a weight-obsessed world.  It also gives readers a lot of advice about what to say when talking about weight (as well what NOT to say) and teaches them strategies for empowering girls and modeling a positive body image. I know that I have a lot to work on before I have children some day - and this is a book I would definitely reread in the future. There is an excellent list of resources on girls and body image included as well. Bottom line: Good Girls Don't Get Fat: How Weight Obsession is Screwing Up Our Girls and What We Can Do to Help Them Thrive Despite It is highly recommended! 

I received this book through NetGalley, courtesy of Harlequin.  

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