The Ministry of Thin by Emma Woolf
How the Pursuit of Perfection Got Out of Control

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Vividly rendered and creatively explored, Woolf’s text encourages nonconformity and individuality on many fronts, even as her burning query remains...Relevant, engrossing and sure to help liberate those in the throes of a weight battle or lifestyle crisis.
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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, international obsession with weight loss, youth, beauty, and perfection has spun 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. She rallies against the industries of food, health, exercise, beauty, sex, and surgery that seek to create a world that verges on the Orwellian —with the victims of this onslaught trapped and dominated by the societal pressures to conform.

And she dares to ask: if losing weight is the answer, what is the question?
 

About Emma Woolf

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Emma Woolf is the great-niece of Virginia Woolf. After studying English at Oxford University she worked in publishing, before becoming a full-time writer. She is a columnist for The Times and The Daily Beast and also writes for The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, Harper's Bazaar, Red, Grazia, and Psychologies. She was a co-presenter on BBC Channel 4's Supersize vs Superskinny; other media appearances include Newsnight, Woman's Hour, and Radio 4's Four Thought. Emma's first book, An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia was shortlisted for the Best Award for Recovery Inspiration. She was also nominated for Mind's Journalist of the Year. She lives in London.
 
Published May 19, 2014 by Soft Skull Press. 242 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction
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on Apr 02 2014

Vividly rendered and creatively explored, Woolf’s text encourages nonconformity and individuality on many fronts, even as her burning query remains...Relevant, engrossing and sure to help liberate those in the throes of a weight battle or lifestyle crisis.

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Reviewed by Barbara Ellen on Jun 01 2013

...Woolf's skill in is in adding intellectual and emotional ballast to the debates that interest her. In its best moments, this book emerges as a hypnotist's finger-click signalling women to wake up.

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