Grown Woman Talk: Your Guide to Getting and Staying Healthy

Crown. Apr. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780593593868. $30. HEALTH
This addition to the growing library of woman-centered approaches to aging mixes science with playful chapter titles based on songs; they’re put together in a playlist so that women can rock out even when they’re feeling hot from menopause—or bothered by racist, classist, and sexist double standards related to medical care. Malone, the chief medical officer of Alloy Women’s Health, reminds readers that an individual doesn’t always have full control over their own health; medical biases, lack of access to care, and other systemic issues lead to racial health disparities and mean that healthy eating and exercise aren’t enough to keep people well. As a result, she gives guidance designed to empower women to advocate for themselves and to utilize everything available to them without demanding superfoods or cost-prohibitive wellness trends. She cautions that when physicians—and wellness influencers—focus on weight and BMI, they neglect real health concerns. For example, a doctor might “prescribe” weight loss when a woman comes in for a concern requiring more nuanced health management or a different diagnosis.
VERDICT A remarkable, accessible offering of feasible action steps that will help women feel more in control of medical issues related to heart health, hormones, cancer, and much more. Written from a social justice lens.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing