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Profile Books, Jul 9, 2010 - Social Science - 201 pages

In the past decades, the pressure to perfect and design our bodies has been unprecedented. Men are encouraged to surgically pump up their pecs, breast enhancement is a sweet sixteen birthday present in the suburbs of America, and eating problems - from bulimia to obesity - are growing daily, affecting children as young as six. 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. The body is no longer a given and to possess a flawless one has become the ambition of millions.

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 raises the fundamental questions about how we arrived here and proposes a new theory on how we became embodied.


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A cogent, relevant look at the contemporary body in crisis.British psychoanalyst Orbach (Sociology/London School of Economics; Susie Orbach on Eating, 2002, etc.) has written extensively on women and ... Read full review


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Noted psychoanalyst and feminist thinker Orbach, author of The Impossibility of Sex, Fat is a Feminist Issue and once-counselor to Princess Diana, takes a critical look at the modern notion that ... Read full review


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Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and writer. She co-founded The Women's Therapy Centre in 1976 and is the author of many books including Fat is a Feminist Issue, Hunger Strike, On Eating, The Impossibility of Sex and Bodies. Susie has a clinical practise seeing individuals and couples.

Find her on Twitter @psychoanalysis

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