The Religion of Thinness Satisfying the Spiritual Hungers Behind Women's Obsession with Food and Weight

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-01
  • Publisher: Gurze Designs & Books
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In a society that worships thinness, it's little wonder that so many women devote an enormous amount of time, money, and energy exclusively to the pursuit of obtaining a slender body. This pursuit has come to function like a religion, with its own set of beliefs, myths, rituals, images, and moral codes that encourage followers to seek salvation through weight loss.

Author Biography

Dr. Michelle Lelwica, author of Starving for Salvation, has published and lectured widely on the role of religion and spirituality in women's relationships with food and their bodies. She is an Associate Professor in the Religion Department at Concordia College-Moorhead, MN and received her Doctorate of Theology (ThD) at Harvard Divinity School.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xvii
Changing the Paradigmp. 27
From ˘The Religion of Thinness÷ to Practicing Peace with Our Bodies
From Illusion to Insightp. 61
Dispelling ˘The Myth of Thinness÷ and Creating a New Sense of Purpose
From Idolatry to Inspirationp. 91
Seeing Through ˘The Icons of Thinness÷ and Finding New Sources for Self-Definition
From Control to Connectionp. 129
˘The Rituals of Thinness÷ and Our Need for Transformation
From Judgment to Responsibilityp. 165
˘The Morality of Thinness÷ and Our Need for Virtue
From Conformity to Self-Acceptancep. 207
˘The Community of Thinness÷ and Our Need for Unconditional Love
From Escape to Presencep. 245
˘The Salvation of Thinness÷ and Our Need for Peace
Endnotesp. 285
Indexp. 305
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