Bodies by Susie Orbach

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In the past decades, the pressure to perfect and design our bodies has been unprecedented. Breast enhancement is a sweet sixteen birthday present in the suburbs of America, while eating problems - from bulimia to obesity - are growing daily, affecting girls as young as six. The body is no longer a given and to possess a flawless one has become the ambition of millions. In China, women are having their legs broken and extended by 5cms. In Iran, behind the Hijab there are 35,000 cosmetic nose reconstructions a year. In Brazil breasts and bottoms are reshaped along with the face so that women there, as in China and Iran (and pretty much everywhere else in reach of global media) can reflect western norms of beauty. In her years of practice as a psychoanalyst, Susie Orbach has come to realise that the way we view our bodies is the mirror of how we view ourselves: our body becomes the measure of our worth. In this book, she finally raises the fundamental questions about how we got there.
 

About Susie Orbach

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Professor Susie Orbach - the therapist who treated Princess Diana for her eating disorders - is the founder of the Women's Therapy Centre of London; a former columnist for The Guardian; a visiting professor at the London School of Economics; and the author of 1978 best-seller Fat is a Feminist Issue. She is probably the most famous psychotherapist to have set up couch in Britain since Sigmund Freud. She lives in London.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Profile Books.
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences.

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"We've lost the plot where bodies are concerned," Susie Orbach says.

Feb 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Bodies

The Guardian

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Focusing on the modern-day craze for body fascism and uniformity, she writes with authority and passion about our society's promotion of physical beauty as an ideal and the harm it does.

Jan 09 2010 | Read Full Review of Bodies

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"We've lost the plot where bodies are concerned," Susie Orbach says.

Feb 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Bodies

The Independent

She is concerned that other cultures have embraced the west's obsessions, and asserts that: "The attempts by young people in Japan or Fiji, Saudi Arabia or Kenya to refashion their bodies reveal the sorrow of troubled bodies around the world."

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