Fed Up and Hungry: Women, Oppression and Food

This collection expands on Susie Orbach's claim that obsessive eating or non-eating behavior is an individual, albeit political, response to a complex set of social circumstances in which women find themselves. Theoretical pieces here bolster her views, exploring the neopuritanical replacement of sex by food, compulsive eating as anger, and symmetries between the bulimic and anorexic internalization of ego boundaries and strategies for control. Essays highlighting alternative therapies are full of case references and the compelling voices of sufferers.