Margo Maine, Ph.D is co-founder of the Maine Weinstein Specialty Group, LLC, and a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for more than two decades. She is the author of several well respected books including The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to be Perfect, Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap, and Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders. She is a clinical consultant to and former director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT, and a Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Maine is a founder of the National Eating Disorders Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

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Body Wars

Making Peace With Women's Bodies

Author: Margo Maine, Ph.D.


Margo Maine spares no target in this straightforward and entertaining expose. Loaded with facts and inspirational quotes, this is an activist's guide for parents, educators, therapists, patients, former patients, or anyone who wants to fight against the forces that prevent women from being comfortable in their own bodies. Included are extensive Strategies for Change with ideas for personal and cultural growth, as well as resources with addresses, organizations, and recommended reading.


1 – The Challenge: Respecting Women's Bodies
2 – Weightism: The "Politically Correct" Form of Prejudice
3 – Obesity: Fact or Fiction?
4 – Dieting: Deceit, Danger, and Death
5 – The Pursuit of Beauty: Empowering or Disempowering?
6 – Advertising: Guerilla Warfare
7 – Magazines: Propaganda Machines
8 – Fashion: Real Women Have Bellies
9 – Models and Beauty Pageants: Ugly Business
10 – Plastic Surgery: Self-Improvement or Self-Harm?
11 – Violence Against Women: The Deadliest Body War
12 – Ageism: When Beauty, Wisdom and Experience Get Old
13 – Women's Health Care: An Early Start for Body Wars
14 – Barbie Dolls & Body Image: Toys Are Us
16 – Schools: A Problem or Solution?
17 – Sports: Just Another War Zone?
18 – Ballet: The Olympics of Body Wars
19 – Men Targets and Teammates


"Here is basic ammunition for all of us victims caught in the crossfire and fallout of Body Wars, their loved ones, and the many professionals who are helping them fight back. This valuable guide is user friendly, broad in scope, and filled with timely information and strategies."
Rita Freedman, Ph.D. author, BodyLove

"Margo Maine skillfully combines knowledge, passion, and her extensive experience as a model of activism to produce a clear set of active answers to the question, 'But what can anyone do about the culture of beauty and thinness?' I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the development of girls and better health for women and men."
— Michael Levine, Ph.D. co-author, Preventing Eating Disorders

"Each well-constructed chapter sets forth the challenge, equips us with strategies to implement change and supplies an extensive resource list for reference. Body Wars both teaches us the terms for engaging our opponents and that united efforts will win the war."
— Mary S. Pabst, M.S.W. President, Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention

"The author suggests action plans for those who 'don't want to take it any more' by providing concise, pointed exercises that expose advertising propaganda for what it is. Her suggested solutions and detailed lists of resources are presented chapter by chapter, and are offered as tools that individuals fighting their own demons can use in daily battles. Dislike how you look? See the list of '25 Ways to Love Your Body.' Think you need to lose weight? Take the self-assessment test on 'What Really Happens When We Diet.' I particularly liked the sections on schools, sports, and ballet. For example, the section on sports offers a 'Mom and Pop Sports Attitude Quiz' and 'Questions About Coaches and Teams.' There's even a chapter for men. All in all, this is an extremely wise, and practical book."
Eating Disorders Today Newsletter, Vol 1 - Issue 1, Spring 2002