A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: American Women Speak Out on Eating Problems

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U of Minnesota Press, 1994 - Abused women - 161 pages
The first of its kind, A Hunger So Wide and So Deep challenges the popular notion that eating problems occur only among white, well-to-do, heterosexual women. Becky W. Thompson shows us how race, class, sexuality, and nationality can shape women's eating problems. Based on in-depth life history interviews with African-American, Latina, and lesbian women, her book chronicles the effects of racism, poverty, sexism, acculturation, and sexual abuse on women's bodies and eating patterns. A Hunger So Wide and So Deep dispels popular stereotypes of anorexia and bulimia as symptoms of vanity and underscores the risks of mislabeling what is often a way of coping with society's own disorders. By featuring the creative ways in which women have changed their unwanted eating patterns and regained trust in their bodies and appetites, Thompson offers a message of hope and empowerment that applies across race, class, and sexual preference.

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This book explores the experience of minority women with eating disorders. The aim of the author is to combat the stereotype that eating disorders are an upper-class, white, female problem only ... Read full review

A hunger so wide and so deep: American women speak out on eating problems

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In this highly readable account, Thompson (editor of Beyond a Dream Deferred: Multicultural Education and the Politics of Excellence, Univ. of Minnesota Pr., 1993) has broken down the theory that ... Read full review

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1 Making a Way outa No Way
Culture Race Class and Sexuality
3 Ashes Thrown up in the Air
4 Hungry and Hurting
5 A Thousand Hungers
6 In the Mourning There Is Light
Biographical Sketches

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