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Has anyone else read this book? I'm about two chapters into it and so far I think it is very scary and also very true. It's about women, their appetites for food, sex, and material objects, and their repression thereof... based on Ms. Knapp's own struggles (btw she died last year at the age of 42- she was anorexic and alcoholic). All I can say is that it is fascinating and probably an important read for many people in this forum. So far, I find myself nodding and practically jumping out of my seat with every sentence I read because so much of it applies to my life and the lives of some of my friends and family members. Read this book. Once I finish it, I'll post more about the book as a whole.
 

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I think women's view of themselves has been greatly messed up by Western society. Women that live in tribes, or don't have access to the way Western people live don't have those problems. (from what I can tell)<br><br><br><br>
Solution: unplug. Don't watch TV, don't read fashion magazines, be around people who make you happy.<br><br><br><br>
Advertising agencies and marketing agencies are there to manipulate you into thinking you need to buy certain things to look good/ feel good. "you're not complete if you don't _______" So, don't listen to them.<br><br><br><br>
Anorexia is a sad disease that can be helped if the damn advertising industry would quit making people feel guilty about being larger than a size 6.
 

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jwnyc -- hear hear! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
I found it kind of interesting, this one thing I read in some book or other, I can't remember which, about how anorexia *mainly* afflicts white teenage girls in our society, because that's who the media caters to, and that's who's going to feel bad by the message. It was worded more or less like "and the black chicks are telling them they've ignored them for so long, they can take their anorexia and shove it!" or something like that. It was great :)
 

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jwnyc - yup.<br><br><br><br>
Sounds like a good book. Another book I <i>really</i> reccomend is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Secret Language of Eating Disorders</span> by Peggy Claude Pierre. For me, it hit the nail on the head.
 

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A lot of tribes do have restrictive taboos that apply only to women. Women by and large are the largest oppressed "minority" on the planet... we have it okay in western societies but in developing countries women have it really hard. But because they have to work so hard, they don't have time to feel sorry for themselves (or worded in a different way, they don't have the luxury time to really think about their plight and do anything about it). Tribal living is not a utopia for women. I have read a lot about "Third World" women and it can be heartbreaking...
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Katieq</i><br><br><b>Has anyone else read this book?</b></div>
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I haven't read the book, but I did read a very positive review of it.<br><br><br><br>
I read her earlier book on drinking.
 

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shewolf,<br><br><br><br>
I was about to post this today! Darn it girl, we do think alike.<br><br><br><br>
I have several more thoughts on the matter, but will keep most of them to myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I just started appetites too im about as far as youare and i love it i think it is a must read for every woman out there ed or not. i know i probably shoudl wait till i finish it to say that but i can tell you right now i will feel the same way when im done i have review many a book on eating and self esteem and this is a winner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"><br><br><br><br>
cissy mention claude pierres book i hate to disagree but claude pierre = MORON she was nearly sent to jail for what she did to those poor girls in BC she does not deserve any respect at all and her book she be removed from the shelves and the literature intead read Anorexias Fallen Angel it is about her and her clinic and the destructive nature of her power and greed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsdown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":down:"><br><br><br><br>
say<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:">
 

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actually there is an interesting book out about the cross cultural affects of eating disorders they are not as western as we think. they exist in cairo and isreal and india and all over the world in places you would not expect them to be. i read it many years ago and dont remember it so well i just got it back from a fellow student but if i remember correctly it wasnt just western influences either. It was a very interesting book. authors last name was nasser.<br><br><br><br>
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So I finished Appetites over the weekend. And now haing read the whole thing, all I can say is it is a must-read. I gave to my Mom and insisted she read it too. The book focuses on EDs, but there is so much more to it than that...issues concerning women, their desires, their self-deprivation, their confusing place in society since the women's lib movement, their relationships with men, with family, with material objects, with self-image, and of course with food. The author was highly educated and intelligent, so the book is well-researched and well-written, but easy to read too, it's not like reading a textbook. I'm not going to re-write the book here...all I can say is it's a really important, engaging read. Really makes you think.
 

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i should look into that book. i was thinking about ordering 'fat is a feminist issue which i saw in this awesome website: <a href="http://nm-server.jrn.columbia.edu/projects/masters/bodyimage/toc.html" target="_blank">http://nm-server.jrn.columbia.edu/pr...image/toc.html</a>
 
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