Sara Gilbert attacks the notion of overnight success in dieting in this informative book. Most diets, she argues, don't work, and those that do owe their success more to the way in which the diet is administered and the attitude and past experience of the dieter than to the nutritional content of the diet. The Psychology of Dieting challenges the attitudes that connect slimness to happiness.
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Sara Gilbert is Principal Clinical Psychologist at Northwick Park Hospital. She is also author of Pathology of Eating (RKP).From Publishers Weekly:
This hopeful and helpful study by a British psychologist investigates why we diet and why diets so often fail. Noting that "the number of people who see themselves as overweight is twice that of people who actually do weigh more than they should," Gilbert defines obesity, identifies cultural prejudices against it and then, carefully describing her methodology, debunks popular misconceptions about its causes. There is no evidence that obese persons eat more or exercise less than those of normal weight; furthermore, she says, the obese actually have higher metabolic rates. Nor is there a "fat" personality type; individuals who claim to lack "will power" often apply great will in other areas of their lives. A sensitive discussion of the psychological implications of overeating and of eating disorders (particularly for women) proposes that dieting is often a form of self-improvement, and that the dieter should "be very sure indeed that a slim figure is really the improvement that is needed." Various questionnaires and behavior-modification suggestions provide specific solutions. Abundant Briticisms are irritating but should not deter Americans from these challenging hypotheses.
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Book Description Routledge, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110415028442