What’s Eating Us: Women, Food, and the Epidemic of Body Anxiety

St. Martin’s Essentials. Mar. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781250282842. $27.99. HEALTH
Eating disorders are not discussed or studied enough, and when they are, it’s often in incomplete or damaging ways, posits four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Kadzin. This book is both a memoir and a study of how disordered eating has become both normalized and encouraged in American culture. The author focuses on the immensely damaging effects of stress on the human body and the connections between weight loss companies and disordered eating patterns. Her insightful discussions with researchers emphasize areas of eating disorders that are typically ignored, encouraging readers to think about aspects of disordered eating and diet culture they may not have considered. The author also takes care to cite sources from groups or individuals that have no connection to the weight-loss industry, so readers can be confident that they are getting unbiased advice.
VERDICT This work will appeal to readers who enjoy memoirs and general nonfiction, but Kadzin’s conversational tone and writing style make this book accessible to all readers.
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